It’s All about Him
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ. - (Philippians 3:8)
One of the best tools in a believer’s evangelistic toolbox is his or her own personal story. It’s a way for you to effectively put yourself in the other person’s shoes. You can say, “You know what? I used to be this way. And this is the way I thought. This is what I used to do. Then one day, someone shared the gospel with me [or however you came to faith], and here is what happened to me. . . .”
A lot of people don’t even know how others became Christians. They might think we were just born this way. They may be shocked to find out that we weren’t born this way at all.
How you came to believe in Jesus is your own story, but here are a few tips. When you share your story, don’t ever glorify or exaggerate your past. Sometimes we glorify our past. Sometimes the way certain people share their personal stories makes their past sound more appealing than their present. People start thinking, You know, maybe I will stop being a Christian and start doing what you used to do. That sounds like a lot of fun. If you were to really describe the way you were before you knew the Lord, you could acknowledge that you had some fun. You had some laughs. But then you also need to talk about the emptiness and the sin and the guilt.
Don’t make your past more appealing than your present. Don’t be defined by what you were. Be defined by whose you are. Don’t make it all about what you used to do. Talk about who you are now. It is about Him, not about you. It is about His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection, and what He has done for you.
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