Some of you may have read my story that was published a few weeks ago, but for most of you, this may be the first time reading what I write.
And so I write this: You’re doing great.
You are doing great.
How often do you share God?
The other day my homegroup and I completed a discipleship assessment together. One thing we could all agree on - other than the conviction in our hearts as we answered some questions with an answer at the end of the scale much lower than we would like - was that some of the said questions were a bit harsh.
“How many people have you brought to Church? How many people have you helped save? How many people have you told about Jesus? How many times in the past month have you shared your testimony? Three? Five? Ten?”
How do we share God?
Thought provocative and convicting, yes. Over the top, yeah, maybe a bit. As a collective we weren’t certain that these questions were a fair way to measure the way in which we shared God.
Rather, I suggested and suggest now that our testimony alone is how we share God. Whether we share our testimony or not. I believe that our very walk with God is one amazing way to share God.
I think a way is waking up and greeting Him first thing in the morning. Spending five or ten minutes in the Bible. Seeking His counsel. Giving over your burdens. Celebrating your highs with Him. Embracing His grace. Being counter cultural. Living by the truth even when it’s hard. Growing faith through uncertainty, turning the other cheek and disciplining yourself to keep walking with Him.
To keep following. To keep trusting. To remain faithful. It all shares God.
Because without any of these, with the multiple choices we have and with the many different decisions that we could make, we could head down different paths. You could be anywhere else that you aren’t today.
But you’re here. You’re reading this. And you are doing great.
I read something recently that failing to centre things around God and to choose Him first and foremost in this life may give the message to people that He isn’t big enough. That our God isn’t powerful enough. That He doesn’t have what it takes for us to be free.
So, when we do choose Him and allow ourselves to be led, then our testimonies write. And they express God.
No, really, you’re doing great
When you offer time to help your neighbour, look after your friend’s kids, open up your spare room, make someone a meal, bite your tongue, give up a couple hours to listen and aim to live a selfless and counterculture life of giving. That expresses God.
And you aren’t restricted to just the doing of these things. Your walk with God is special and impactful in itself. Just so much so that your friend who is considering church asks you if you still go, and you answer with an enthusiastic “yes”. That’s how you share God. That’s how you show them that He is in fact big enough, powerful enough and has everything needed (and then some) to make us free.
People see that through us. And that’s why I tell you: you’re doing great.
God is grateful for you
I like to picture how He smiles on you for it. How His heart warms with love for you for it. And how He might say, “Now, that’s why I spent the time stitching her together in her mother’s womb”, or, “that’s why I spent all that careful time designing him”.
I imagine that’s how God feels when you continue to do and be in His honour. But don’t just take my words alone, after all, there’s far more to come from Him. But just know this from me, whether I know you or not - you’re doing great.
Harrison is a twenty-one year old student who completed his Bachelor of Communications in 2019 and is now working in marketing. He was raised in a non-Christian family but has been part of the Church since the beginning of 2018. He has a passionate personality which is illustrated in many facets of his life from writing, to sports, food, friends, family and God. Harrison enjoys exploring and grasping different parts of life and discussing them with others. Chat with Harrison further at: firstname.lastname@example.org