Your story is more powerful than you think
From Acts: A 28-Day Devotional
Wrongly accused of disrespecting Jewish law, Paul shares his upbringing, religious training, and conversion to Christianity with the crowd. As soon as he says, “Gentiles,” people remember their anger and begin rioting again.
There are few things more powerful and disarming than a story, particularly the story of how Jesus can change someone’s life.
Paul could have argued the finer points of the law with anyone in the crowd. He could have expounded on Jesus’ fulfillment of every nook and cranny of Old Testament prophecy. Instead, Paul shared his story of transformation with a vicious mob. A murderer of Christians morphed into a preacher of the Gospel — that’s compelling stuff!
Every Christ follower has a story to tell. All of us have been rescued from a life of sin and disobedience, set free to follow Jesus.
We don't need to be articulate salesmen or well-educated theologians to tell others about Jesus. God has given each of us a story of transformation and the power of the Gospel. Who are we sharing our stories with?
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- How do you feel when faith comes up in mixed company?
- Do you shy away from talking about Jesus with friends, family, and co-workers? Why or why not?