I read a statistic the other day which said only 5% of American Christians have ever led anyone to Christ. I can believe it. This is not due to not having opportunities nor a lack of unsaved, hurting people around us. I think one of the chief reasons is having no idea how.
We don’t want to be offense or create an awkward conflict with people so we are usually unsure how to approach the subject of the Gospel. Did you know the easiest way to get someone’s attention is with YOUR OWN PERSONAL STORY? Everyone loves a story and no one can tell your story like you can.
Here’s the rub. Many of us have no idea how to tell our story. So, here are three questions to help you never again feel like you do not have a story to tell about the goodness of God.
STEP ONE- TELL ABOUT YOUR LIFE BEFORE CHRIST.
Think about it.
How did you feel? Lonely? Confused? Depressed? Hopeless? Without joy?
What was going on in your life?
How did you try to handle it on your own? How was it going? How was your life going? What thoughts were plaguing your mind and how were you trying to deal?
STEP TWO- DESCRIBE HOW YOU CAME TO CHRIST.
Where were you? What happened? Were you alone or with someone? Was there an event happening? What was the ‘final straw’ that brought you to Jesus? Did someone pray with you? Think about it. Put yourself in that place and relive the moment.
STEP THREE- DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARD.
How did you feel afterward? Was there a sense of peace, hope, joy, contentment, or something else? What happened in your life? How did your experience with God and your knowledge that your sins had been washed away by the power of the Cross change the way you saw the world and your love for God? It is always good to remember the simple hope that comes with knowing your are now at peace with God.
PUT THAT TOGETHER…. AND… YOU NOW HAVE A STORY.
HERE’S THE FINAL KEY…
Make it shorter. Most people do not have the attention span to make it through your life story… mainly because… well… because it would take a lifetime to tell properly. Someone once said ‘brevity is the language of the wise.’ So, try to come up with three versions of your story: 3 minutes, 15 minutes, and 30 minutes.
Now, go give it a shot. You’ll probably be surprised with the results. When they want to know more about the Jesus who changed your life, lead them through the same steps that changed your life:
A- Accept that you are a sinner in need of salvation.
B- Believe you can have your sins washed away by accepting the finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
C- Confess that you believe and receive Jesus’ forgiveness for your sins.
When we trust in Jesus for our salvation, the miracle of salvation happens. Old things pass away and all things become new. The new life has begun.