Let a Pro Do It!
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." I Peter 3:15
Once, when I was moving a Lego toy that my 7-year old grandson had built, a part fell off. I began to put it back together and the more I tried, the more pieces I knocked off. I finally gave up and put the pieces by the toy. The next time he came over, I told him what I had done and he replied, "Don't try to fix it, let a professional do it", and he easily put it back together. I thought this was good advice, there are things we should allow a professional to do.
While thinking about the things I should let a professional do, I remembered when I believed telling people about Christ was one of them. After all, being a professional requires a high degree of training and skill and so does sharing the Gospel, or so I thought. The Bible contradicts what my belief was. I Peter 3:15 states, "But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But, do this with gentleness and respect." Peter tells us that we don't need to be a professional, but should be a professor; i.e., someone who professes what Christ has done for us. This only requires 2 things:
1. We have accepted Christ as our Savior.
2. We are prepared to tell others of the hope we have and how to have that hope.
Any of us can do this by telling others how our life changed after we accepted Jesus as our Savior and what we will receive when we pass into eternity.
Have you ever shared your personal testimony with someone? Do you think you could share your personal testimony with someone in 3 minutes? If you aren't sure what you need to know in order to do this, we offer training in sharing your faith in the Spiritual Growth classes at Sunrise Church. The next session begins September 11th.
Posted on Fri, September 9, 2011
by Jim Coyle