Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.Galatians 1:18-24 NIV
Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst.1 Timothy 1:15 NIV
God can truly turn around any life.
You might feel like God would never accept you if he truly knew who you are and what you’ve done. However, the message of Jesus is most clearly seen when we know how deeply broken we are and yet He accepts us. Not only that, but Jesus chooses to use broken people to share his perfect message.
Your story has power.
Your story can changes lives.
Paul was known as a Christian murderer, in which Paul says in 1 Timothy, Jesus came to save sinners “of whom I am the worst”.
His testimony about how God transformed his life has caused people to respond miraculously, as he writes “they praised God because of me”.
I want to encourage you today that your testimony has more power than you realise.
You have more influence than you might believe.
Imagine if the people around us would say that they praise God because of us!
Your story has power like when people heard Paul’s story, they praised God because of it. Have you discounted the power of your story?
I’d encourage you to try writing your story today about how you met Jesus. You never know when you’ll need to share it and the impact it could have on someone.