by Mary Stout
“But in your hearts revere 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,” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
Words have power. They have the power to hurt or harm. They have the power to uplift and encourage. Using your words to show others the Way the Truth and the Life can be exciting and scary. When you’re out and about sometimes the opportunity occurs suddenly and you freeze. Then you kick yourself because later your brain works in overdrive telling you what you should have said. One of the easier ways to prepare is to relate your experience, strength and hope to others showing how Jesus brings you hope each day. You can also use Scripture to fortify your testimony or message. It’s not our job to force someone to Christ. It’s our job to connect with a gentle respectful spirit and along the way show them Jesus. Lead someone to the cross and let God do the rest. Jesus gives the best example.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev 3:20)
I want to leave you with the General Rules John Wesley set for the early Methodists. These are still relevant for us today…
1. Do no harm.
2. Do good.
3. Stay in love with God.
May these help guide your words today.
Prayer: Lord give me your words to show your way. Help me to trust in your strength when I get nervous as opportunities to show your grace, mercy and love to others along the way. Help me be a light so that when they walk down the path to the cross, they see you.. Thank you Jesus. Amen