I participate in a Bible Study at my church called Women in the Word. This fall we’re studying the Acts of the Apostles, diving deep one chapter per week. I know I’ve read the book of Acts before but studying it this way has really opened my eyes to the truths of our early Christian Church that never stuck with me before. For example, Acts 1:8 has hit home for me. It’s written by Luke, documenting what Jesus told his disciples during the last time they would ever see him in the flesh:
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
What Jesus was saying to his chosen disciples was this: “Tell my story. Tell everyone you can about me. Grow my church. Witness to those around you.”
Through reading the book of Acts in the Bible, followers of Jesus know that that’s still his direction to us now. We may not be spreading the word in Jerusalem or Samaria, but He still needs us and wants us to share the good news. Tell His story.
There are many ways to witness. Some of us can stand in front of a congregation and deliver a thought-provoking sermon. Not me. The thought of that makes me sweat and my hands shake. Some have a powerful transformation story and can share it as a personal testimony. Nope. I was raised in a Christian home and always believed in Him, just like my parents did. Some of us can sit one on one with people and share wisdom from the Bible and from our own Christian walk. I’m getting there, but I know there’s a better way that I can witness about God’s love.
I can use my writing skills.
Some of us WRITE for God. It’s what we do as InspyRomance authors. When I began writing Christian fiction, I’d already written and published eight books that were secular stories. During this time, I was growing and honing my writing skills, while letting God place on my heart that I wasn’t writing the type of stories He had in his plan for me long-term. Eventually, He and I came to the same conclusion. I was a woman of faith, and a writer. I needed to be writing for him.
From then on, it was a partnership between him and me. I’d pray for his guidance on the story. I would write stories filled with his inspirational message, and we’d both try to get the word out to those people who needed or wanted to hear it. This is my ministry to the world. This is how I witness to others. It’s how I get Jesus’s story out, far and wide to the ends of the world, just like He asked us.
When I put this into perspective, it helps me to realize that no matter what story I’m writing, who my characters are, or how many people read the finished book, God is using me to tell the most important story in the world. He is providing me with His guidance and inspiration when I ask for it. It’s vital work that he’s entrusted me to do. And I owe Him my very best effort each and every time.
How can God use you to tell Jesus’ story? What special skills do you possess that you can use to witness to others and share God’s word?