Last year, on an uneventful evening, our power suddenly went out. Of course, our young daughters were freaking out over being plunged into total darkness (the arch nemesis of anyone under the age of 8). In the midst of crying and screaming, my husband frantically grabbed our phones for the flashlight function.
We live in a country area that is a mix of thick woods and farmland, so when I say it was dark I mean it was very dark.
There was a lot of high pitched screaming.
If you have a daughter, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
After an hour or so the power had still not returned. We began searching for candles, lighters, and flashlights to save the battery life on our phones. We lit a few candles but there still wasn’t enough light to keep the kids calm.
So, we lit a few more candles. And then a few more. And a few more.
Soon, our kitchen/breakfast room/family room space was as bright as if all of the lights were on.
We ended up having a lot of fun playing board games and hanging out. In the words of our middle daughter, “Like you did in the 1800’s mom, right?”
The power did eventually come back on. It turns out, a very large snake got into a power substation and fried himself…tripping the circuits for half the county.
Ahhhhhh life in the country.
Looking around and seeing candles lighting up my entire main level, God reminded me that this was what the world looks like when followers of Jesus share their stories of healing, redemption, grace, and unconditional love.
The world is a very dark place. There is always room for one more member of the Body of Christ to speak life into that darkness by proclaiming how God has transformed your heart and mind.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. ~Revelation 12:11
Our experiences and stories of how God has worked through our everyday life have tremendous power.
Sharing your testimony transforms your pain, struggles, regrets, and lessons learned into your ministry.
The Great Commission (Read Matthew 28:16-20) is for everyone not just pastors.
Don’t discredit yourself because you think you’re not smart enough or qualified to speak about what Jesus has done in your life. Here’s what the apostle Paul said:
1And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. ~1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Be bold and courageous!
Your words could soften a hardened heart or let someone know they’re not alone in their pain. God may even use your story to lead someone to a relationship with Jesus.
The people around you at your job, your school, in your neighborhood, your family-this is your mission field.
This world also desperately needs believers in Christ to speak life on social media platforms.
Use your social media accounts to proclaim the Gospel and speak life and light into an often very dark place. Speak love and grace.
If every Jesus-loving, redeemed-by-grace believer would light up just their circle of friends, imagine the impact. Imagine the lives that will be changed.
Speak up. Speak life.
Be a light that cannot be snuffed out.