Who can describe in twenty words or less a major event in one’s life that resulted in a life changing outcome? What specific words can you use to describe what Jesus has done in your life that will have a lasting impact on another person’s life?
This is the challenge of specificity given by Michael Benson on a DVD we watched while at evening service this past Sunday.
I was hopelessly enslaved by addiction. Jesus delivered and set me free. I now have peace, joy, hope and purpose.
I started to write a paragraph, but rewrite after rewrite, I have accomplished the challenge…in text.
Will I tell specifically how God has changed my life and share the Gospel with others?
It is the Great Commission to do so. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20) NIV
It is not a job for the weak, half-hearted or timid.
It is a command from the Commander of the Armies of the Lord.
And we, who profess to be a Christian, who are full of the power of the Holy Spirit are able to accomplish His will.
Are you up for the Challenge of Specificity?
Heavenly Father, help us tell others what you have done in our lives and thus fulfill the Great Commission with love.