Daily Thoughts : August 12th
Acts 26:14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
This is Paul giving his testimony of what happened back in Acts 9. It is good to give your testimony; it's a very powerful thing, being a witness to what God has done. You may not feel very confident but one thing you can do is tell what has happened to you. Don't get involved in arguments but just tell what you know – like the man healed of his blindness: “He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (Jn 9:25).
You testimony, like Paul's and like the blind man's, is about how God turned up and changed you. It will be different from theirs and may not be so dramatic, but when you think about it there will have been change and it was change that God brought about. So think about that change, think about what God did for you and think how you can simply share it in a minute or two, and get ready to share it!
People mostly don't want to know about clever theology or clever neatly packaged spiritual laws. People today are all into experience – the younger they are the more that will be true. They will listen to your experience and if it is real they may wonder if they can have a similar experience. When Jesus called his first disciples he didn't give them lessons in theology. He simply said “Follow me” and led the min a life of amazing experiences. That's what it's about.
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