Monday, February 18, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 37 - Sharing Your Life Message

Only 4 days to go and there's no let up in the challenge.

The question Rick poses "Is anyone going to be in heaven because of you?" isn't meant to be taken as a discouragement or a put down but an encouragement to give yourself to the most important thing you will ever achieve in life. Why not ask God to use you today to share your life story with someone else. Not to win an intellectual argument but to share with another human being what God has done in your world. If it happens then why not leave a comment on the blog to encourage others to give it a go.



God has given you a Life Message to share!

“Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word … The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore – you’re the message!” 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (Msg)

When you became a believer, you also became God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you. Paul said, “We speak the truth before God, as messengers of God.” 2 Corinthians 2:17b(NCV)

You may feel you don’t have anything to share, but that’s the Devil trying to keep you silent. You have a storehouse of experiences that God wants to use to bring others into his family. The Bible says, “Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them.” 1 John 5:10a (GWT)

Your Life Message has four parts to it:
- Your testimony: the story of how you began a relationship with Jesus
- Your life lessons: the most important lessons God has taught you
- Your godly passions: the issues God shaped that you care about most
- The Good News: the message of salvation

Is anyone going to be in heaven because of you? Will anyone in heaven be able to say to you, “I want to thank you. I’m here because you cared enough to share the Good News with me?” Imagine the joy of greeting people in heaven whom you helped get there. The eternal salvation of a single soul is more important than anything else you will ever achieve in life.


Anonymous said...

Feeling a bit overwhelmed at how much God is saying through each chapter! What powerful stuff. I've been tempted to pause and go back over things, look at them in more detail, but decided to keep going to the end this week. Then go back (for probably at least another 40 days!) and let various things sink in and take root.
Like others, the chapter about weakness touched some raw nerves. It suggested making a list of weaknesses (one to go back to in detail!) - I did pause and think about this a bit. Basically thinking that my apparent strengths are probably my greatest weakness. Being able to come across as 'invincible' when of course I'm not, is fairly unhelpful to me and everyone else too!

Anonymous said...

I think the weakness area can be hard, sometimes being honest about your weakness and admitting you are struggling can be looked at as being negative or as though you are someone who always moans. Its good to be honest, but being negative will just push people away. Its a fine line!

Anonymous said...

First post so here goes!

At work, i interview lots of people for different roles. One question i always pose each individual is what are their strengths and weaknesses! I would say that at least 70% really struggle to communicate what their weaknesses are. I know this is mainly due to their perception that to acknowledge their weakness will somehow appear as a negative.
However, this is far from the truth, the reality is, to acknowledge ones weakness shows an understanding of where that person is in their life and in someways is actually a strength in its self.
(hope that makes sense!!!).
Anyway, even though i pose the question hundreds of times, i still feel it hard to acknowledge my weaknesses in some circumstances for fear of what others may say. Its important to identify weaknesses so you can try and build these into strengths. (though thats easier said than done!!!!)
I do find it more difficult to acknowledge my weaknesses in my christian life than my every day work life which is worrying really. Need to re evaluate things i thing!!!!!


Anonymous said...

i have been away with a non christian friend for several days so caught up with study today....lots to think about

and like others i dont like to admit my weaknesses.....

decades ago i went through two years of depression and it was months before i sought help from doctor as i thought as a christian i couldnt possibly be depressed...after all ..i had the Holy Spirit.!!!!!!

a good friend from church encouraged me to admit to it and get help and after a year on medication i was back in good health.....

after listening to marcus buckingham last year at willow creek about "concentrating on my strengths" rather than focus-ing on my weakness...i have found them a wee bit easier to admit to.!!!

somehow it doesnt seem too bad to have a few weaknesses when i function within my strengths...if that makes sense????

hope you are feeling better simon. and will be back in good health soon...we miss you....

irene m.