Last year about this time I attempted to write out “my evangelism testimony,” but lost interest and gave up. I’m going to attempt to do this again for two reasons:
- So you will get an idea of how God can truly use anybody.
- I want to get this written down before all the details get too fuzzy and I start exaggerating too much.
Mostly these postings will be for me so I won’t forget about how God strung together a whole series of events to get me passionate for the lost.
On January 1, 2004, I made a commitment to share my faith everyday after hearing a New Year’s weekend message from my Pastor, Zac Nazarian. I don’t even know why I chose to make that commitment on that particular weekend, but I do remember that there were 6 or 7 points to the message; though I don’t even remember what they were. One point stuck with me: In the New Year we should evangelize more.
How many times have you heard that as a Christian? Easily, a million times. And what did you do about it? Same thing I did probably: you listened, nodded your head (probably pursing your lips as you did), made a half-hearted commitment to start sharing your faith, somehow, somewhere, but ultimately let it pass by the wayside, along with your other vows, like reading through the Bible in a year, or losing twenty pounds.
That morning, however, I chose to do something about it. I sat in my chair at church (we don’t have pews), and said to myself, “I’m going to share my faith everyday.” Mind you, I had no idea how I was going to do it. Like most Christians I only shared my faith when God “opened a door.” Evangelism, of course, was only for those who had the gift. Still, the next day I started my commitment. And wouldn’t you know it? The very first person I talked to— made a profession for Christ! Click to read part 2.