One of the most beautiful things about the Gospel is that it finds and impacts us all in very different ways. It doesn’t matter if you have been in church your whole life or if you have just been freed from a dark, unthinkable sin. The unity that comes from the cross joins us all together as the body of Christ and stirs up hope in our souls for what’s to come. I talk to people everyday who have been transformed by the story of Jesus in such unique ways. Every person who has accepted Jesus has their own story of hope that the world desperately needs to hear.
I pray that your salvation story has increased the hope within you, not only for the afterlife, but for the life that you live right now. We are hopeful because we have a promise to spend eternity in Heaven. We are expectant with joy because we know God has plans for us (Jer 29:11) and He works all things out for the good of those that love Him (Rom 8:28). It’s a hope that can’t be taken away due to circumstances. It dwells within us forever! When people notice this hope inside of us we should always be ready to tell them the good news!
Peter instructs in 1 Peter 3:15,
“…But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who ask you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Our experience with the Gospel story is the most powerful weapon that we have. When Jesus collides with our lives he creates this narrative that not only brings hope to us but instills hope within others as well. Revelation 12:11 says that we have defeated the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I love that! By the blood of the Lamb and the power of our testimony we have the authority to put the enemy underneath our feet and dance all over him in victory!
I encourage you to sit down and begin to write out your account of the Gospel story. Does it increase the hope inside of you? Are you compelled to share with others what the Lord has set you free from? Are you ready to give an account of this hope if someone were to ask you about it today? It’s imperative to be aware of how the Gospel has transformed our lives. Through the hope of our story we have everything we need to advocate for Christ on this earth. Everything we need to rescue lost souls is already within us!
You have an experience that only you can share and hope that only you obtain. I pray that if you don’t feel compelled to share it with others that something begins to shift in your heart! Begin to pray for compassion for the lost. I promise He will answer your request for this. You don’t have to have all of the answers. Just open up and tell your story. There is so much power in your account!
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