Everyone has a story to tell. When we make the connection between our story and God's great story, we come away with HIStory, which involves each and every one of us.
"There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world." – John 1:6-9
As I read the story of John the Baptist this time around, one important piece resonated with me. A part of the story I had not really seen… until today.
When we study John the Baptist, we think about a great man, chosen by God to fulfill a great job; preparing the way for the coming Messiah. From the very beginning of this story we learn that his mother, Elizabeth and his aunt, Mary the mother of Jesus, are special, chosen women. He comes from a line of “chosen” people. Chosen they were, however, they were also ordinary believers just like you and me. They did not come from a prestigious or royal background. They were not a part of the elite Jewish group of their time. They were humble, obedient servants who shared the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When you and I share the gospel with others we become part of God’s great plan in readying hearts to receive the greatest gift imaginable, eternity. We “testify concerning that light” when we share this gift with others. We live in a dark world that needs to receive the solution, Jesus Christ. It is through your actions, attitude, words and overall character that you can point straight to our Redeemer. When you pray before you eat in public, speak of your faith among friends or at work, speak of His faithfulness in your life, and consider His love for you, you are testifying concerning Jesus. Don’t ever underestimate your influence to lead people to Christ. Don’t ever think that your role on earth today can’t have the same impact of that of John the Baptist’s back then. Your actions today could cause a ripple effect for generations to come. Imagine how through one person's salvation an entire family can come to know The Lord causing them to share their faith with one more person and so forth. You have great potential to reach the world for Christ when you bring Him into every facet of your life; remembering always it is never our job to save people. Our sole responsibility is to share the Good News and "pray that the seeds of God’s word are planted in their souls."a When you speak of Him, you prepare hearts to hear and receive His salvation by planting seeds. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
Will you go out today with great confidence and power, like that of John the Baptist, and allow God to use you to reach lost souls? I encourage you to do this, today!
In His Great Love,
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(a) Kirstin Vlodica (Children's Director at Central Peninsula Church)
Damaris U. Avila lives with her loving husband and their two inquisitive and sweet girls. Through personal storytelling, she invites women to share and see themselves in God's story. She leads young girls through BeYOUtiful Girl Time, a sisterhood where girls are encouraged to become the women God designed them to be.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."