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Why I Do What I Do

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)

Do you ever wonder why I do what I do–tell you my business, pray for you and try to encourage you through weekly devotionals?

Some might think it’s so that I can walk someone through the Romans Road for salvation and tell how Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, so we could have eternal life.  While it’s a great guess, and I can do that easily, to be honest with you, that’s not my motivation.

The real answer…I do it because I feel indebted for all that I am, all that I have and from where I came. I would not be the person I am if I didn’t want you to also live with the peace and assurance that I live with (through good times and bad), or to receive the same overwhelming blessings that I receive, or to witness the freedom of living in Christ instead of the chains of this world.

I really feel like I owe it to you to tell you about His goodness. It amazes me every day. And I certainly owe it to Christ to share His sacrifice for us; it humbles me every moment.

I owe it.

I owe it to tell how when I don’t think I can make it, how Christ gives me strength (Phil 4:10).

I owe it to you to tell you how when it looked as if my back was against the wall, that God literally made a way out of no way, much like He did the Israelites (Exodus 14:21).

I owe it to tell you how I lived in pain for so long, but then learned how Jesus is a healer (Mark 5:25-34).

I don’t want you to be like me, but I do want you to have peace with me.  Although I am an ordinary person, I am living an extraordinary life because of my own personal relationship with Christ and it is because of this that I owe you my story because it’s His story. My life is the story of Christ. Each thing that He does for us, how he saves and redeems, is just one more miracle being written in the book of life. If the Bible were still being written, my life would be reflected as one of the miracles of Christ and so would each of yours.

How do I know it? Because the same miracles He did then, He is doing today. He is the living Word. He is God.

So the next time you meet someone, consider the debt you owe to them and to Him. Our testimonies are not our own, but tools as well.  Just as the word of God is a two-edge sword, so are our lives; one side to grow us and one side to help grow someone else.  So be the face of Christ.  It may be cliché, but truly you may be the only bible they ever read.