the importance of sharing your story {or Come See a MAN!}

How long has it been since you heard someone shout out what Jesus has done for them?  How long has it been since you did the shouting?

The importance of sharing your story

The world loves to hate Christians, don’t they?  Those who don’t share our beliefs love to prey on us…seeking out opportunities to destroy us by our own testimonies.  Finding a Christian participating in sin is like finding a shiny $50 bill on the ground.  The media takes every opportunity to make us look like nuts on television and in the news.  And Christian leaders?  Whew…to find one of those guys in sin is like winning the lottery.  They’ll be newsworthy for years to come…maybe even landing themselves a place in the history books…or psyc books…so that students for ages to come can know how silly it is to make radical professions of faith about a God Who can’t really change people.

What the world doesn’t understand, is that failure is a vital part of our testimony.  Failure is the very reason we need a Savior. And every single one of us has failed in the arena of life.  I’m not talking about failing a test, or failing to get a raise…no…I’m talking about failing on a moral level.

Failing to keep God’s perfect law.  The Ten Commandments…of which breaking only one makes us guilty of all (James 2:10).  Each of us guilty before a holy God.  The world sees our failures as proof that there is no redemption, no healing in Christ.  But as Christians, we know that our failures are what drive us to the Cross.  Our failures are what give us the opportunity to see God working and know His loving kindness.  To feel the depth of His grace, unmerited favor for those of us who believe.  Our failures lead us to repentance…and repentance leads us to forgiveness.  And forgiveness is worth any amount of public ridicule or unfavorable infamy.  Forgiveness is worth our all.

Come See a Man!

The Samaritan woman knew the weight of failure.  Much like the weight of the water jug she carried in the heat of the day, her failures hung about her shoulders pulling her down and reminding her of who she was.  An adulterer.  Married five times and living with a man not her husband.  She went to the well at the hottest part of the day to avoid the stares of the people who had watched her fail over and over and over again.  She thought that day would be just like any other.  Until she met Jesus.

In a world where Jews and Samaritans didn’t mix, the man Jesus saw into her heart and gave her a drink of living water.  With a few words from the One Who changes everything, the Samaritan woman went from hiding her failures to bursting forth into praise and shouting, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:25).  Shedding the weight of her shame she came out of hiding that day.  She no longer cared to hide her sin…no…now she was proclaiming it!  Giving glory to the One who knew her…loved her…changed her…redeemed her.  And in her excitement she ran to tell everyone else.

Can’t you just see her?  Free from that heavy water jug…free from caring what others thought of her…free to dance.  I picture her skipping, jumping, dancing in that freedom into the town…right into it shouting, “Come, see a man!” Like a little girl dancing carelessly in a field of flowers…

#SurprisedByLife

When was the last time you danced in the freedom of your forgiveness?

When was the last time the joy of your salvation overwhelmed you such that you shouted to anyone who would listen, “Come see a man!”

Come see a man! (Who has saved me from my sin!)

Come see a man! (Who has saved my marriage!)

Come see a man! (Who has provided for my needs!)

Come see a man! (Who pays my bills!)

Come see a man! (Who has brought back my prodigal child!)

Come see a man! (Who has healed my sickness!)

Come see a man! (Who loves me and gives me favor!)

Come see a man! (Who shed His blood to give me righteousness!)

Come see a man! (Who gives me peace in the storm!)

Come see the man Jesus! The One Who changes everything.  Who has changed everything for me…and can for you.

So what’s your story?  What has God done for you?  Of what have you been forgiven?  Of what have you been redeemed?  Share it now, so that others can come see a man, the man Jesus, Who can do the same for them.

I would love to invite you to share your God story in the comments.  We’ll call it Come see a Man! at a Life in Need of Change, so that others might know the hope we have in our Savior, Jesus…The Man.

What’s your story?

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Originally posted 9/7/10

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  • http://www.iliveinanantbed.blogspot.com I Live in an Antbed

    Yes!!!! We are supposed to be storytellers. We are supposed to tell and retell the tales of His Faithfulness. A few weeks ago, we started a link-up on Fridays for this very purpose! So I love your message here! We need to remind ourselves and our children of all the ways He has worked in our lives. Here’s a link to this week’s link-up. It’s just a little tiny corner of the internet where we can testify about what He has done for us! :) (http://iliveinanantbed.blogspot.com/2011/06/week-4-pages-in-our-heritage-of-faith.html)

  • http://www.multitaskingmama.com melissa

    I wrote a post earlier this week about how I met my husband {which is a small part of my testimony}…a pastor’s wife from a church we attended years ago saw the link on Facebook and commented that she would have never imagined that was how Mike and I got started. I replied to her that she knew me before God called me to share my story {for His glory} all over the internet ;) Here is the link of that post http://www.multitaskingmama.com/2011/06/finding-one/

  • http://www.pitterlepostings.blogspot.com Pattyann

    I wrote a post today about this. It is why I blog, everyday. It is what I want to remember. I love this today. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

  • Mandy

    Come and see a Man who rescued me from sexual impurities… Pornography being one of them. Once we’re saved it doesnt mean that we’re free from sin but Praise The Lord He rescued me!

  • Carrie

    Come See a Man, who took my marriage to my high school sweetheart, scorned with my adultery, after five years of being divorced, remarried (both of us) and second divorces (both of us) and weaved us back into a chance meeting and restoring both of our hearts and teaching us to love eachother again. We now have been married 11 years this Sept and have 3 beautiful kids!! I serve an AWESOME God!

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  • http://butbyfaith.blogpspot.com Nicolette

    Come see a man…who took a broken and abused little girl who felt abandoned and forgotten, wiped the fake smile off her face and taught her how to live authentic. Through the beauty of that, He broke NUMEROUS strongholds like fear, anger, jealousy, and control from the vicegrip it had on her heart. Come see the man who is now showing her how to love others and has given her a passion to see others set free in Jesus’ name!

  • Carla

    Come see a man who took a woman that was sexually abused from infancy to the age of 11, raped at age 18, married a physically abusive man at 19, thought about and started to attemp to take the life of her own children out of desperation of her severe depression trying to “save” them in her own eyes then by the grace of God realized what she was doing and stopped but then slit her own wrists trying to take her own life … and brought her back into a loving relationship with HIM delivering her from fear of man and anger and demons that were tormenting her and her family. Restored her and her marriage by saving her husband and slowly transforming him into a God fearing man. Come and see the man who is still working in this woman’s life and continuing to show her how to live a fulfilled life in HIM and HIM only and growing in her a passion for HIS WORD and can do the same for you!!!

  • Sharon

    I never thought about my failures being vital to my testimony. In the past, I’ve gotten down on myself for not being a perfect example of someone who lives the Christian life perfectly. Thanks for the twist in my thinking.

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