Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Purpose Driven Life - Day 37

Day 37 - Sharing Your Life Message

In order to share you life message, you first need to understand what that message is. Your messages contains your experiences and can be broken up into four parts.

Your Testimony is the story of how Christ has made a difference in your life. The Bible says: "Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect." Pastor Rick suggests that the easiest way to be 'ready' is to write out our testimony, so that we may have a better and clear understanding ourselves. Sometimes it can be difficult to recall all of the events in our life when called to do so. But when we write it out - we can do so over a period of time and have the opportunity to look it over - learn it- appreciate where we have been and how God has brought us through.  We can further divide our written testimony into four parts.
  1. Why my life was like before I met Jesus.
  2. How I realized I needed Jesus.
  3. How I committed my life to Jesus.
  4. The difference Jesus has made in my life.
Bear in mind that your testimony is not just based upon your salvation. Each experience is a mini testimony, which can be used to do God's work, by helping unbelievers to see His work in your life. And because each person is different, each story can be selected to fit the need of the person with whom you are sharing your experiences with. 

Life Lessons are the second part of your life message.  My favorite quote of the day is in this section and reads: "While it is wise to learn from experiences, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others."

This section provides a list of questions for us to use to better help us jog our memories when writing out the lessons life has taught us. I will include a couple of them here to get you started...

  • What has God taught me from failure?
  • What has God taught me from lack of money?
  • What has God taught me from pain or sorrow or depression?
  • What has God taught me through illness?

The point here is that each and every thing we go through in life has a lesson attached to it. Every struggle. Every joy. Every success. Every failure. Every argument. God uses each step of our journey in life to educate us - to force us to grow up - to become spiritually mature.  How has God helped you? What lessons could you share with those around you?

Godly Passions are people, places, groups, causes, injustices, which God is passionate about, and He wants these things, which are important to Him, to be represented by his children. Have you suddenly felt passionate about something that you never really thought about before? Abused animals? Starving Children? Domestic Abuse? Rape? Abortion? War? Poverty? Addiction? Your sudden passion is not a magic trick - or a fleeting thought ... at least it shouldn't be. These passions are given to you by God, because He wants you - as His representative - to fight for the underdog. To give a voice to the voiceless. Keep in mind that not everyone will share your passions - and you probably wont share theirs. That is not what is important. What is important is that you do not ignore the ones you are passionate about. Because God is passionate about it and wants you to be as well.

Sharing The Good News is the fourth part of your message. And perhaps the most important part of it. For it is not only one of our five purposes here on earth - but it is the most important purpose, for it is the only purpose we are able to do while we are here. All of our other purposes will be carried over into the Kingdom of God. So, we only have a short time to succeed in fulfilling this mission. You are on a timetable. Will you meet the deadline?

What is the Good News exactly? "The Good News shows how God makes people right with Himself - that it begins and ends with faith."  ... "For God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others."  ... 'When we trust God's grace to save us through what Jesus did, our sins are forgiven, we get a purpose for living and we are promised a future home in heaven.' - Pastor Rick.