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.
We’ve all had them. Expectations, that is. And some of them have been great…
When I think of great, I think of how great God is. Psalms 77:13 says, ” Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people.” He not only redeemed the descendants of Jacob and Joseph, but He redeemed all those who accept His son Jesus as their Savior.
God is great because He loves us all. While we were still sinners, He sent Jesus Christ to die for us. Who do you know that would offer His only Son to die for those who don’t know or love Him?
God has been great to me. He has stayed by my side through tragedy, loss of a spouse, before during an after my spiritual transformation and the joyful times as well.
Recently, one of the wonders I attribute to Him is a cross growing in the pines above the horses pasture at Here’s Hope Horse Farm. I find it to be great that God would allow me to see this and capture it on camera shown in the photo above. Some might say, “what a “co-inky-dink”. I say it is great because the God I know allowed it to grow in such a manner.
What would you say? Has God been great to you? Have you seen His marvelous hand at work in your life or a family member’s? Leave a comment at the end of this post, I’d love to read about something He has done in your life that you can say is great.