When we fail to tell people what the Lord has done in our lives; we fail at giving them opportunity to know and serve Him.
I get annoyed when I hear people say to a person sharing their experience with God, “You are always telling that story!” When I read the Bible, I see so many places where the generations following had as their excuse – they did not know the Lord and what He had done for their fathers. The Word of God tells us that we overcome by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb. I am not inclined to think that this word of testimony is talking only about our salvation from sin and death; but any victory that we have won in the power of Christ!
No matter where you are, there is sure to be someone in the room who is deciding whether or not Christ is the answer for them. You can not always know what people are struggling with, but you can rest assured that whatever He saved you from – there is someone else who needs to know His power in that same way!
I am always telling my children about the power of obedience to Christ. I know for certain that my life would have been very, very different had I not heeded His call even though I did not like what He was calling me to! So, whenever any of them have a decision to make my first question is, “Have you talked to the Lord about it?” That is quickly followed up with my testimony, which they have heard now hundreds of times. I don’t call it beating a dead horse – I call it reinforcing for them power, peace, victory and joy that comes when you obey. If my children don’t obey God, it won’t be because I didn’t teach them. They can never say that no one ever told them to just obey God.
One of the most beautiful memories I have of my mother-in-law is her journals. She wrote down her prayers for her children, her daughters-in-law, her grandchildren and we found those journals after her death. They served as a reminder to us that she trusted in God for all that concerned us and it reminded us to place our trust in Him as well.
Will your posterity know in whom you trusted? I don’t know what your testimony is — but especially in your family and in your spheres of influence – Tell Your Story! You were once blind – but now you see! You were once lost – but now you’re found. You were once FILL IN THE BLANK; but now FILL IN THE BLANK. Tell It!
And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.