What’s the Point in Sharing?

Jul 17, 2016

by Pastor Rick Van Ravenswaay, Cornerstone Prison Church, inside the walls of the SD State Penitentiary

Many people have heard that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Some believe this and some do not.  Even more people have seen “John 3:16” somewhere in public, but seldom gave it another thought, even if they knew that this is the Bible verse quoted above. 

In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  These two verses fit together seamlessly and help us understand that the Good News is that God love is so great that God took the first step - He sent His Son Jesus when we were sinners (undeserving and corrupt).  Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins and in doing so provided a way back to God and eternal life.

To the unbeliever this may be great news or it may mean nothing at all.  Add into the equation the heart of compassion and voice of experience that the unbeliever trusts, and this becomes more than an opinion or information.  The change can become intriguing, the info becomes valuable, the opinion is worth considering when it becomes clear that the change was not your change but the Living God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) demonstrating his love for you. 

Telling someone about God is a big deal.  Scripture tells us all we need to know for salvation but it does not always get our attention or interest.  People often argue about the details in the Bible or doubt its authenticity.  It is far more difficult to argue with your own personal experience.  Only you and God know your experience and the road you have traveled.  Only you and God know the details about the changes in your life, but people notice outward change.

While it is important to understand the details to include in our testimony and which ones are only going to add to the dramatic effect, telling others about how God’s story and our story connects is personal and often makes the truth of the scriptures take on life and a greater connection for them to think about.  Not just in prison, but in all walks of life, God is looking for people who are willing to share what God has done in their own life and for the world. 

Good testimony is an amazing tool in the hands of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Telling someone that you believe that God loves you enough that Jesus came here and forgave you for the sin in your life, lifting the burden of guilt and helping you get beyond some of the old ways that you want to leave behind.  That is testimony… and the way that Christ has become real to all who are his followers is the reason for the hope you have (see 1 Peter 3:15).  



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