Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. . . . Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
Psalm 66:2, 16
Have you ever been to a store and made a smart purchase? It was an incredible deal so you went out rejoicing in your good fortune. Then you made sure to tell others what a good deal you got. Maybe they can get the same deal or maybe you just want to know where to find other good deals. Whatever the case, you can’t stop rejoicing and telling other people about your amazing deal.
That’s what happens when God does something amazing in your life. God changes you from the inside out and when you realize it, you can’t wait to tell people. Maybe God healed you or answered a prayer. Maybe you just met Jesus or someone you love just came to Jesus for the first time. Maybe you know a prodigal who came back, either physically or spiritually. Whatever God has done for you, it gives you great joy that wells up within you and overflows in a way that almost compels you to tell others what God has done for you.
We have the mistaken notion that evangelism is memorizing a bunch of Scriptures and “spiritual laws” or some other formula for convincing people to turn to God. We couldn’t be more wrong!
Sharing your testimony is simply telling people what God has done for you. There’s no need to convince, coerce, or get complicated. Just sit down at the fast food place and tell the person next to you that God healed your back last week when you tripped on your garden box and the fall realigned things. God works in mysterious ways.
Now that’s evangelism. It’s getting personal. It’s giving God credit. It’s irrefutable because no one can say that didn’t really happen to you, right? It’s foolproof because any fool (each of us) can tell our stories of God at work in our lives.
What if God isn’t working in your life that way? Well, that simply means you need to open yourself up to God and ask him to work in your life. And ask God to open the eyes of your heart so you can see the ways he has worked in your life in the past and how he is working in your life right now.
Lord, I ask you to open the eyes of my heart so I can see the ways you work in my life. Please show me how to open my heart to you so I can have an intimate, interactive relationship with you that includes answered prayers. Show me what to pray for by showing me what you want to do in my life and the lives of those around me. Continue to change me from the inside out and give me stories of the things you are doing in my life so I can enthusiastically share them with others.
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