One night, early in her freshman year of college, the girls in her dorm building all met to get to know each other. They sat in a circle and one by one shared how they came to know Jesus. My friend panicked. She didn’t think her story was good enough. So, she made something up.
“I was a pole dancer in a cage when someone came up to me and handed me a track. I got saved on the spot and have been following Jesus ever since.”
The minute the lie came out of her mouth, she wished she could take it back. A few weeks later, she gathered the same group of girls and confessed what she’d done. Jesus slowly revealed to her, her conversion didn’t have to be dramatic to be worth sharing.
She was in need of a Savior just like everyone else. She still had points of need in her life- messes that needed the touch of the Messiah.
Whether our story is dramatic or not, we are all messy people. The best way I’ve found to share Jesus with others is to look for an intersection between a point of need they’ve expressed and one I’ve walked through. A mess from my life (big or small) to which they can relate.
Kid issues. Marriage issues. Financial issues. Weight issues. Health issues. Job issues. Insecurity issues.
Remember our mess, touched and turned around by the MESSiah, becomes our greatest MESSage.
What messes have you walked through in the past?
What messes are you learning how to handle right now?
What Bible verses have helped you?
What whispers of hope have you gotten from God?
How have you applied what you’ve been learning?
How has this process helped you?
People desperately need to hear from fellow messy travelers willing to notice… pause… care… intersect… admit… share…and give the gifts this world can’t ever conjure up.
Real truth. Real Hope. Real peace.
Deep soul comfort.
“[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God,” (2 Corinthians 1:4).
God didn’t comfort me in my mess to make me comfortable. He comforted me, to make me comfort-able. Able to take the comfort I’ve received from Him and multiply it out into the world.
Who is in your sphere of influence that you feel led to notice… pause… care… intersect… admit… share… and give to? Mine is Jen. A lady who works at a local drive-thru.
Tell me who your fellow traveler is and I will personally and intentionally pray for you both today.
Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has...