I don’t like to talk. Ask anybody who knows me, and they’ll tell you that. I am naturally introverted, and I have a difficult time starting conversations, naturally. But I LOVE to tell the story. Ask me anything about what God has done in my life in, by, and through Christ, and I’ll light up and tell you more than you probably bargained for. Why is that? The LIFE in me wants to talk. The Father loves to tell all about His Son, and the way He prefers to talk about Him now is through His people – i.e., you and me.
Therefore, if I am unwilling to talk to you about Christ and His expression in and through me, then guess what: God is limited. I have effectively restrained His Life from flowing into you. I have hoarded it. I have kept Him to myself, and I have left you to fend for yourself. How is that the Life of Christ? It’s not, that’s how!
Dear friend, please understand whose story I am telling. I am not telling my story. That would be rather boring. Now, Christ in me – that’s a story worth telling! He’s the life, not me. He’s the King, and the Kingdom, and the Savior, and the Healer, and the Provider, and the Provision, and the Head of His Body, and the Heir of all things, and the Beginning and End, and the Author and Finisher of our faith, and the All in all, and has the name above all names, and has the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him – not me! See how boring I sound to all of that? And I didn’t even scratch the surface! And guess what – you are just as boring as I am! And that’s a good thing! 🙂
I used to hate the thought of “evangelism.” I had to tell people – usually strangers – about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. That’s the heart of evangelism, right? To tell people about Jesus? But how did it look?
“Hey, buddy, you don’t know me, but you’re a sinner and going to hell. But good news! Jesus loves you and died for your sins, so you can go to heaven! Isn’t that great? All you have to do to be saved is say this prayer after me…”
Tell me that’s not it in a nutshell. Maybe that’s not how it has ever looked for you. Maybe I just had a very unique experience in my life, and everybody else ever asked to evangelize others had a different assignment altogether. But I’m willing to bet that I’m close. But I digress.
Knowledge Vs. Life
Here’s the moral of this story: In the past, talking to people about Jesus was always an exchange of knowledge for me; it came from my knowledge and not my experience. Now, talking to people about Jesus is an exchange of life! I have tasted and seen Christ in more ways than just a savior for sins, and that experience is real. Basically, all I know is that I was blind, but now I see. I know my Lord, and I’m happy to tell you about Him.
In the garden of Eden, there were two trees: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. One contained the life of God, and the other did not. From which are we sharing? For a little more insight into what I mean, please check out this post from the incomparable Thomas.
This Past Weekend
Over the weekend, I got to spend some time telling about my experience of Christ and hearing about others’ experience. It was glorious. I got to meet some of you in person, and that was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed and appreciated getting to know our Lord more through some of you. When you come up and say to me that you’ve read some of our blog, I don’t know how to respond to that; I am humbled. We don’t know how the Lord uses this thing, but we do know that we are to just tell His story. Thank you for sharing back. Thank you for the exchange of Life. Please keep in touch.