Mustered Guts

26 10 2013

First posted on Steve Austin’s blog, Grace is Messy

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When it comes to mustering up the guts to share your faith, the first thing I would say is this:

If you don’t have a relationship with God, please don’t tell anyone about Him!

What do I mean? Well, if Christianity is your religion…do this, don’t do that…but you do not have a love relationship with Him, what you will tell others will sound more like a pitch for involvement with an entity who is an egomaniac, someone who bosses you around and pounds on you when he doesn’t get his way. This is a slave master or an abuser, not God. We’d rather that entity didn’t receive any more press. He’s had enough!

If this is the “god” you serve, please contact Steve or me and let us introduce you to the God who wants to call you “friend,” the One who invites you to enter boldly into His throne room to receive mercy and grace! Then you’ll have plenty to talk about!!

Assuming that you do have a vibrant love-relationship with Jesus, sharing becomes easy. I’ve discovered that the better I know Him, the harder it becomes not to tell others about Him!

Think back to the days when you first met your spouse (or significant other if you’re dating). Remember how your friends and family would roll their eyes when you began to speak about your wonderful relationship? Did you find yourself talking to your pet about that special person? I know I drove people crazy doing this. My husband-to-be was my favorite topic. I could work him into any conversation.

Sharing our relationship with Jesus is really no different. The exception being that our significant other could only offer us a happier life…so long as we both shall live.

Jesus offers us a relationship that lasts forever!

Have folks noticed a change in you? Are you becoming more loving and kind? Are you more patient and gracious as you move through your day?

Maybe you have a “past.” There is no shame in this. Dead people stink…they can’t help it! Of course you did some “stinky” stuff before. Don’t be afraid to be transparent about what you used to be like, and to tell how Jesus changed you. Don’t make up stuff, be honest and forthright. People can smell a phony story.

If you’ve been a “churchgoer” all your life, that’s awesome! Tell how Jesus enabled you to avoid traps and snares that others fell into. I’d love to have a testimony like that! I’m sure there wasn’t a boatload of pain, shame, and embarrassment to work through. Tell your story to the glory of God!

The story you have is all you need to reach the people the Lord will bring your way.

Either way, the truth is that now you’re alive! You have a reason to live, and hope.

People need to know that hope is available to them, as well. Listen to them talk. Fear is rampant right now, for the uncertainty of the world’s future is obvious to everyone. What a wonderful entry point.

Fall in love with Jesus

…then you won’t have to muster up the guts to tell everyone about your Betrothed!

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20 responses

27 10 2013
shadeakinbiyi

Wow….VBS sounds really exciting! What a blessing it must be to those kids. Well done to you and all the team members, God’s favor and blessings on you all. Amen!

27 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Thanks, and may your upcoming outreach bear much fruit. Many first heard the Gospel as children, but didn’t truly come to faith until adulthood. May you have a future “Billy Graham” in the bunch!

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27 10 2013
shadeakinbiyi

Thanks, that’s a golden nugget of truth tucked away in my heart. BLESS YOUUUUU!! 🙂

27 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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26 10 2013
shadeakinbiyi

Your courage is amazing! Love it! And i’ve been thinking about this post all day, it’s got me excited about our kids outreach next week. The schools here, are on half-term break. Please pray for our outreach event, for wisdom and the children and their parents hearts to be opened to the gospel!
Much love Sis and God bless you!!

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Outreaches are awesome – especially for kids. Our church’s VBS is amazing – with many decisions every year. May your outreach be blessed with love, grace, mercy, oh, and peace. 😉

Father, I ask that you would prepare the heart of every person, big or small, who will attend. May every seed take root and grow to be a fruitful tree in Your garden. I’m asking for wisdom and discernment for every servant there, and may Your great name be exalted! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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27 10 2013
shadeakinbiyi

Thanks for the prayer, i believe it and i’m expecting to report back with testimony by His grace! It’s great to have you back….may the Lord strengthen you more and more for His glory. Have a great day!! 🙂

(p.s. what’s VBS in full?)

27 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Vacation Bible School. We have a week-long “camp” for children from 3 – 6th grade. We have a time of worship, then the kids rotate between being taught the Word, crafts, outdoor activities, and a snack…then more worship. It’s fun, exciting, and exhausting!

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26 10 2013
Elizabeth Yalian

It’s true, we tend to talk up our significants or our children but lose steam when it comes to talk about The Lord. I used to have a steam leak until God blessed me in ways I didn’t think possible, now I can easily chat Him up! 🙂

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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26 10 2013
Steve Austin

Good morning, friend! Glad to see this one is making the rounds again! 🙂

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

I’m running short of time; shorter on topics. Thought I’d make use of these articles…and hopefully send some traffic your way. The ol’ “kill two birds…” thingy. 😉

Thanks for posting these, by the way. I really appreciate it.

Love in Christ,
Tami
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26 10 2013
vonhonnauldt

I know what this post is saying, but I’m not sure this is something we can “muster” up. The flesh can do a lot of things, even work up a cheap knock off of the things of God, but really to walk with Him requires more than natural enthusiasm or effort; it requires the work of the Holy Spirit.

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

I agree absolutely. When it comes to mustering up guts…if we *have to* work up the courage…are we really in love?

I didn’t have any problem telling anyone who would stand still for two seconds about my man! I was in love and wanted the world to know. I find that when my relationship with the Lord is close, I am the same way. I want everyone to know Him.

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26 10 2013
Heather Marsten

Haven’t had enough coffee yet – I was trying to figure out what mustard (as opposed to Ketchup) guts was. You are right, the most compelling testimonies are those of people who have found the love of God and share that. Our church has a wonderful testimony program called Just Say So (You can see episodes on Facebook site of that name). I’ve been privileged to type transcripts of these testimonies and have been blessed seeing how God works individually in people’s lives – he touches us where we are. Each person’s testimony is crucial (not just the ones of major angst, but the ones of those who have always walked with the Lord), God will put us in position to minister to those who need to hear our testimonies – and He knows the right person to send.

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

{giggle} The title came from Steve’s request to write a post about how to muster up guts to share our testimony.

BTW – there’s another post on my blog, “Mustard Guts” that is about mustard – as opposed to Ketchup! That one is about mustard seeds…much smaller in Israel than the ones we purchase at the store (there are photos of both). 😉

I’ll check out Just Say So. It sounds fantastic…sounds like the “I Am Second” videos on YouTube – great idea.

The testimony of a person who was able, with God’s help, to avoid all the pitfalls thrills me. How I wish that were my testimony…instead of the “major angst” one I got myself into! 🙂

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26 10 2013
Julie Garro

Love the title, love the post! If we really love Jesus, we will want to share Him with everyone, without shame! That’s the best way to love Jesus and our neighbor at the same time.

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

Mmm. The very best way indeed! 🙂

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26 10 2013
platinumdonmccoy

Mustered Guts! Lol, I love that!
It’s good to ‘see’ you again after such a long time.

God is not some distant Being seated ‘far’ in Heaven commanding mechanical respect. If He wanted that, He’d have created us just so. He (especially the ‘gentlemanly’ Holy Spirit) desires a real and lovingly deep relationship with each and every believer. Not just the Pastors and the spiritual ‘giants’, because in His eyes, everyone is (or has the potential to be) a spiritual giant!

Thanks for sharing this. It’s amazing to know that more and more believers know better than to be shackled by the chains of religion.

26 10 2013
lessonsbyheart

It’s good to be nearly back. It will be another week or so before I can be fully engaged here.

Oh, Jesus has so much to say to us all, if we but understood this truth. His words are always kind (albeit sometimes stern!), and full of love. I want this for everyone I know!

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