John 4:39 NIV
When we share stories of how God’s been working in our lives, we are glorifying God and encouraging others to keep trusting that God’s at work in their lives too. Having theological discussions can be challenging, but people connect with stories, and they can’t argue with our personal stories. Our story, however messy, has the potential to bring other people to Jesus. When Jesus met the woman at the well, He revealed who He really was to her. She knew she was talking to the Messiah. He knew her story, her messy background, her relationship issues, and He spoke words of life into her. He showed her that she could have living water. Once Jesus had said this, she rushed back into her town to tell others. ‘Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did”‘ (John 4:28-29 NIV). When we experience breakthrough in our lives, are we quick to share it with others or do we let fear and doubt get in the way? Thanks to this woman’s willingness to share her encounter with Jesus with others, many people believed in Him. But it’s crucial to remember that we can share our stories with others and bring them to Jesus, but it’s His Word, His power, and His presence that can change and transform lives (take a look at verse 42). The Bible tells us that we have been chosen to ‘declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1 Peter 2:9 NIV). So let’s declare the praises of God and glorify Him through our stories.