This writing is inspired by a dear friend who cherishes the people she meets. You will often hear her say, “Did I ever tell you how I met her?” This got me thinking. Have I ever told you how I met Jesus?
My life at the time I was introduced to Jesus was what I would define as “not so okay”. I was 19 years old and grieving the loss of one of my brothers. Family and friends were all around but I was alone, and lonely. During our time home, one of my sisters shared the Four Spiritual Laws with me. My response — ready for this?– “That’s not for me right now.” Yet the seed was planted in the dust of my soul.
After his resurrection and before he went to be with His Father in Heaven, Jesus chose to spend His time with the eleven disciples–the ones He treasured. His final command to them was “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). If these are the last words that Jesus gave His closest companions, they must be extremely important to Him.
As time ticked by I found myself asking my sister, “Who is this Jesus and what has He done that has captivated you? Tell me more.” And she did. My “not so okay” life continued to crumble. I asked a thousand and one questions. Four years later, almost to the day, I was ready to surrender my heart to Jesus. My broken heart needed what He was offering – forgiveness, unconditional love and eternal life with Him. That was over twenty years ago. Since then I have experienced the good, the bad and the horrible. The difference, for me, is the hope I now have. God has my heart and my soul and He is my strength.
You are the only one who can tell your story. No one else can explain the countless blessings in your life since you said “yes” to Jesus. What a privilege it is for you to share that good news with others!
“ ‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39).
The best part of telling about Jesus is the ripple effect. Jesus commands us to tell others of His gift of salvation. He desires for everyone to know Him. He suffered and willingly died so that all of humanity could be reconciled to God the Father. The only way for that truth to be known is for someone to tell it. “We” are that “someone.”
Go tell your story.