Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Let’s talk JOY…
Do you remember the story of your salvation? Do you know joy in your salvation?
Good questions. I don’t often think about the significance of my salvation…isn’t that terrible. It’s one of the most momentous moments of any life. Probably because it was over time…like over 10 years! But still it bears consideration.
As Christians, we are commanded to share Jesus with others:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
When’s the last time you shared your salvation story with someone?
It’s really easier than you think! I wrote about sharing your story today on the COTHA blog if you’d like some more information. Bottom line, we should have a short, simple, concise story – 100 words or less – or 45 seconds verbally if we want to be effective in evangelism.
So I tried it today and this is what I came up with:
My journey with God started nearly 30 years ago in the rooms of AA – I spent my teenage years addicted to drugs and alcohol. Being saved from addiction, I believed in God as I understood him, but not Jesus. My life was not bad but shallow. I wanted my kids to know God and felt church was the answer. Feeling hypocritical, I still came and was willing. During that first year, Christ revealed himself to me and now I have found real joy and real peace. Furthermore, I now live for something greater than myself.
Now let’s hear your story! If you want to know more about mine I’d love to share some more as well. Christian or not our stories are important. But for Christians they are especially important because we get to share how Christ has made us a new creation and how He can do the same for others.
Let’s share the JOY y’all!