You have a story
Today’s reading: Exodus 4:10-12; Luke 12:11-12
In our reading today we learned that Moses, who is considered a great leader in the faith, didn’t think he was up to the task God gave him. He tries to tell God that his stutter and lack of eloquent speech would hinder his ability to speak to the nation on God’s behalf. God’s response is so beautiful though: “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
God is the ultimate storyteller, and he is writing a story in your life as we speak. Just like Moses, you may be wondering how God could use you. The thing is, God isn’t looking for perfect people to do his work. He is looking for those who have allowed him to transform them from the inside out. And that is what we mean by your story. Your story is really an illustration or testimony of how God has worked in your life. The story that has unfolded in your life is how God desires to use you to spread his love to the world around you.
This is how we break it down. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who was I? What did my life look like before salvation? (For those who may not have made this decision yet: what does your life look like now)
- How was I saved, what happened when I gave my life to Christ?
- What does my life look like now? How is God transforming my life?
Your story doesn’t have to be eloquent; it just needs to be real. There is no reason to be ashamed of your past because it is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and love for you. We will learn more about sharing your story in the following days, but for now take the time to write out your answers to these questions above so you can see how all of these parts of your story fit together. It’s easier to share your story when you have taken the time to go through it all, just you and God.
Once you’ve thought it all through, tell it to somebody! If you’ve never shared your story or are nervous to do so, start with telling your group leader, a trusted friend, or someone in your family. After you share it once, you may find it’s easier to share with someone else. Keep going even if you get nervous every single time you share your story. As we learned last week, our purpose is to make disciples of all nations, and those nations are made up of a bunch of different people. The best way to get started is to share your story!
*For those of you who have done this before, do it again. Pay attention to how God is working in your life right now. Your story is ever-changing, and God is still moving!
Use the PRAY (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield) acronym to spend time in prayer.