Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32). When we preach our own experiences, people may be interested, but it awakens no real sense of need. But once Jesus Christ is “lifted up,” the Spirit of God creates an awareness of the need for Him. The creative power of the redemption of God works in the souls of men only through the preaching of the gospel. It is never the sharing of personal experiences that saves people, but the truth of redemption. “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition by Oswald Chambers.
These words of wisdom from Oswald Chambers book, originally published in 1935 are timeless and God’s truths never change. We love our experiences and want to believe the opposite. I want my experiences with God to be motivations for others to pursue their relationship with Him, but this is not to be. There is no single event or circumstance in my life that will lure a person to Christ. It is only the sharing of the miracle of the cross in conjunction with the grace God grants to accept Jesus’ claims in someone’s own leap of faith. It is a leap from the cycles of sin that enslave and bind to freedoms we didn’t know existed, a leap from paradigms of our culture to the never changing truths of God’s written words and a leap from loving our selves to loving our neighbor.
Because someone was bold enough and thought enough of me to share the words that are spirit and are life I am compelled to do the same. It is impossible to be in love with Jesus and not share the gospel with others, especially the ones you love the most. My life has been made full by His grace and mercy. Circumstances and events have occurred and continue to occur that are truly miraculous and the everyday challenges of life become the burdens God bears with you. Peace and love. Steve
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