Letter to My Younger Self: Be Fearless and Be Used
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“‘This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ —and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Recently, I had the pleasure to co-teach a class on Evangelism & Missions for my church. As I listed to what was shared, I was touched by the personal testimonies and the wise reflections gained. Without a shadow of doubt, I know that people were freed in that classroom and the enemy lost ground. Afterwards, I had lunch with a young woman in her mid-twenties and we discussed life, God, and our walk with Christ. As we spoke and I had the opportunity to give my personal testimony, she asked me what advice I would give her at her age – which I wish I had known. There was so much that I wanted to say, but I narrowed it down to two things: Be fearless and Be used.
Although I do not have children, I believe that it is important that we teach children about our experiences and walk with Christ. About how we have been delivered and how He has set us free. When they hear our testimonies, they know that the process is more important than the destination because the process is what perfects us and bring us closer to fellowship with God. Yet even beyond our children, I believe we should be a transparent witness to others as well. Silence can be bondage and we never know how sharing our personal testimony can be the key to someone trusting Christ or being delivered themselves.
The irony that I would get to share my faith walk and testimony with someone after teaching a class on the importance of the very same thing was not lost on me. God works like that. So I was given the opportunity to tell someone to open themselves up to be used by God and even if they feared, to act and be fearless. Those are the things I wish I would have told my younger self. However, I did the next best thing. I told someone who needed to hear it. I told my testimony.
Do not be indifferent to your witness. Do not belittle your story. Do not be ashamed of your testimony. There is someone in the world that needs to hear it and know that God delivers. Someone needs to know how wide and how deep His love is through Christ Jesus. Someone needs to know about the Cross and more importantly about His resurrection. Many times we talk about the advice we would have given to our younger selves, but I ask you to think of the testimony and witness that you can share today with anyone. In ten words or less, what advice would
you give to others in their journey? What is stopping you from sharing your witness today?
Walk with Him,
Shaniqua & The Great Is Team