Reading: Act 5: 27-32
In today’s passage Peter and the apostles witness to their personal experiences with Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. They are not relaying a second hand story or something they read about. They testify to what they have experienced personally. When Paul witnesses to the power of Jesus Christ to change a life, he does not tell the story of Peter, but he tells of his own encounter with the living Christ on the road to Damascus.
For us, we too are called to share the story of Jesus. Our commission is to make new disciples and surely a part of this is by personally sharing our story. Our story is not Peter’s or Paul’s or someone else’s from the Bible. Our story is our personal experience with Jesus. It is our unique witness as to how Jesus has changed our life, how He has led us through a trial, how He has freed us from sin or addiction. Our own story tells others how Jesus has made a difference we cannot live without through a personal relationship with Him. Our story is powerful because He is powerful. Our story of Jesus’ work in our lives can lead others to seek Him as well.
When God brings someone or a group of people our way, He has a purpose in it. Something in our story will connect with someone in our audience to draw them in, to make them curious, to nudge them a little closer to a decision for Christ. The Holy Spirit will then work through our witness to change lives. But we have to provide the fodder, we have to plant the seeds. May we know our story of Jesus so that we can share our story each time God presents us with an opportunity to witness for Christ.