We live in a world obsessed with connection but isolated from real relationship.
We don’t know how to have real conversations anymore. Eye to eye. Heart to heart.
What do you even talk about?
What is worth talking about?
When we entrust our lives to Jesus we are adopted into a worldwide family that spans the globe and all of history. We’re family because of Jesus. And Jesus unites us together with His love. Colossians 3:14 says it’s the perfect bond of unity.
So, are you looking for rich conversations? Are you desperate for a real bond in relationships? Are you thirsty for some depth, to experience convos with those around you that have substance? It’s easier than you think; you just need to start sharing your Jesus story!
So WHAT is your Jesus story? Everyone has a unique life story. Your journey is the mountains, the valleys, the adventures, and even the disappointments.
What is amazing about Jesus in your story? Not you, but His love at work in you. How has He changed your life?
PSA: Your Jesus story is not just relegated to a one time moment. When you decide to throw your life into the hands of your Savior, your life is an ever evolving Jesus story. Your life is being established in His love with every single heart-beat. He’s in it all!
So HOW do you share your Jesus story? You simply SHARE WHAT HE HAS DONE. Are you the ﬁrst person in your family to give your life to Jesus? Has your family been building church with their lives for generations? How did YOU meet Jesus? Share what God has done in your life. Look back and remember. Celebrate it by sharing it with others. Not just once but again and again. Sometimes we think, because we have shared it once, we shouldn’t share it again. But, this is YOUR story. It never gets old and if you don’t remember and share it, it’s not carried on. Your story is your legacy. Your future kids will know what God has done in your life only if you choose to tell it again and again. Each time you remember His faithfulness, you get stronger. Each time you tell it, you are reminded that God is able.
God has created miracles in my heart time and time again. I used to be paralyzed by fear and perfection. I couldn’t share my story because I was so concerned with what people thought. I couldn’t get “out of my head.” But I asked Jesus for help. I decided to say yes even when I was scared. I decided to be willing to fail and to focus on all that Jesus has done for me. I decided to be awakened to the real needs around me. And, today, fear doesn’t have a hold on my life. As I share what God has done in my life, my hope is that you are encouraged. I want you to see all that He has done in your life too!
It’s not just about what He has done… it’s about what He’s doing right now. So, SHARE WHAT HE IS DOING RIGHT NOW.
Ask yourself. What’s new?
Are you stepping through fear and leading a small group at college?
Are you starting your mornings by reading a verse in the Bible and inviting God into the day?
Are you making friends who speak life and point your heart to Jesus?
Are you choosing to serve at church for the ﬁrst time?
Are you rejecting the material vortex and living for something larger than yourself?
Are you taking a huge step of faith at your job or in your family?
What’s going on right now? Share it!
Our God is always doing something NEW. The totality of your God story is not just the moment you surrendered your life to Jesus. No, that was just the beginning! So just like you would ask a friend, “What’s new?” ask yourself the same question concerning your relationship with Jesus. Is He removing the shame or guilt in your life? Is He allowing your heart to believe that you are perfectly loved and known? Is He helping you reject fear once and for all and run toward his plan? Is He bringing your family one by one to know Jesus? Is He comforting you during a time of grief? Is He bringing you back to a genuine love for his Word and His church?
He’s always doing something new as long as we are surrendered. So share it. And, who knows, your story might be exactly what someone else needs to hear! Commitment tends to last longer in community. What God is doing, right now, in your life will only be strengthened by the right people walking by your side and encouraging you to expect there is more!
And ﬁnally… SHARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE HE WILL DO. When we follow Jesus, we must build our faith muscles if we want to see the fullness of God’s plan. Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” So it’s not what you’ve seen Him do and what He is doing now, but it’s also what you don’t see that you believe will come to pass! God is blessed by your faith! How cool is that? We get to make our God smile by choosing to believe wholeheartedly that nothing is too big for Him. A vital part of your Jesus story is what you are believing will happen in the future.
I have been married to the love of my life for twelve years. For eight of those years we asked God to give us a baby as we walked through year after year of infertility. It was a real struggle as we continually faced disappointments by what we “saw” in the natural. Then I felt the tug in my heart to open up our lives and we started to share our story with friends. I began saying publicly “I believe that God is going to give me a baby. But I know that Jesus is my treasure now and always.” Friends began to pray and believe with us. Support for our prayer request turned into celebration as we had our ﬁrst baby. I never dreamed that, by being honest, I would feel so supported and that it would make the miracle even more special when it happened!
Today I saw a dear friend whose son was contending for a full scholarship to the best university in our city. For weeks, we have been praying for him to get the Presidential scholarship and that God would use it for His glory. Today she gave me the news that he received the scholarship. Our celebration today matched the level of our fervent prayers yesterday. When God answers what you believe He will do, He deserves to be thanked! She could have kept the scholarship application process to herself, but she opened up her life and asked me to believe with her. Her son’s victory became a celebration for both of us because she was open and shared her ever evolving Jesus story!
Are you believing for a friend to meet Jesus? Are you believing for God to heal your body? Are you believing that God will give you clarity for your next step? We all are believing for something. Powerful things happen when we open up about our Jesus story and allow others who truly care walk beside us.
God may choose to answer our prayers the way we ask or He may choose to answer in a way we didn’t expect. Either way, He will always prove himself faithful. He never abandons us even in our darkest moments of pain and loss. His presence is the constant promise in every one of our Jesus stories. After all, it’s all about Him.
What has God done in your life?
What is He doing right now?
What are you believing He will do in the future?
Share it with me below. We want to stand with you and hear YOUR Jesus story.
This convo is worth having!
DawnCheré Wilkerson is a speaker, singer, songwriter and pastor who loves nothing more than to encourage people of all ages to never give up! Her contagious joy and zeal bring a uniquely impacting perspective on life. She and her husband Rich are the pastors at VOUS Church in downtown Miami.
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