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Celebrate Mistakes (redux)

 love the band Number One Gun. I remember several years ago when I first heard them and immediately went and got their CD Celebrate Mistakes. In the title track, there’s a lyric that states “

Could it be so bad (to follow all these dreams) I have (and use them for Your glory).

I remember having conversations with my good friend and fellow #1G fan, Matt Evans, about this very line on a ride home from school one night. We talked about taking your passions and using that to glorify God. As I sit here in my office and listen to that line is sparks a desire to make my passions count. I think God is much more pleased in us when glorify Him, when he is  a priority seen in our lives, via who we really are. Far too many times in the church, we feel that we have to fit a mold that others have made.  I have heard “he may be the next Billy Graham” from many pastors and others (not about myself mind you, but I’ve heard that used in descriptions of others).  Billy Graham is a great man of God who’s influence on America  for the sake of the gospel may never be duplicated; however, I don’t think God wants anyone else to be “the next Billy Graham.” God wants me to be a man who follows after Him completely and uses my passions for His glory.  

I guess the point in all my ramblings is to say, just be yourself. I will just be myself.  If not, then we are failing in keeping His commands – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”- Col. 3:17

Your Story

One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see… John 9:25

There are so many tatics and ways to share the gospel with others today that do a good job of presenting what Christ has done for us.  I can think of 3 of the top of my head that I have encouraged students to memorize and use regularly: the G.O.S.P.E.L acronym from Dare 2 Share (Shred the Gnar bro!), the ABC’s (thank you Lifeway and all your VBS-ness), and the Way of the Master method that I’m fairly new to here at Highland Park. All of these are good ways to do it, and I will try my best to fill out the situation to see how God wants me to share the Gospel.  However, I believe the best way is one that somehow gets overlooked.

Students should be trained to share their story.  Being able to share their testimony very clearly and concisely is probably the best way to communicate God’s love for others that I can think of.  The drawback comes when the words of the testimony do not match up with the life example the person is living. It’s much easier to give a canned presentation of the gospel and never have to back up anything with you life.  But if we want to be the most effective in our ministry efforts, our lives better show the love of Christ at all times!

I’m not sure who came up with the idea that your personal story had to be something that is  long, drawn out, complex, and goes into each detail of your life without/before Christ.  I’m not sure that’s the best way to go about it.  I am not saying that you should ignore your past, but we all want to be careful to not glorify the life before Christ.  I have instructed people to give 5 minute testimonies broken down like this:

1 minute – life before Christ

2 minutes – How/When Christ saved you

2 minutes – what Christ is doing in your life right now!

If we really want to win others to the Family for the sake of the Gospel, then we should be prepared and willing to share our story at all times with whoever we can.  May God get the glory!