Matthew 4:19-20: “And He said to them, ‘follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”
Have you ever asked yourself what it was about Jesus that caused these fishermen to drop everything and follow Jesus? At that point, no one knew Who Jesus was. There were not yet any recorded miracles, signs or wonders. No hashtags on social media to make Him famous, no news or media coverage and no hot gossip going around. What was it about Jesus that made a bunch of ordinary men just drop everything to follow?
Let me ask you this as well – what made you drop everything to follow Jesus? Do you even remember? This is such a challenging question for so many, including myself. Was it a message that you heard in a Church or religious meeting? Was it a man on a street corner? Was it an overwhelming encounter with a loving God? Was it a feeling that came over you that brought a deep conviction and a sudden understanding of scripture? I love knowing how others came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
I recently participated in an evangelism training course that taught us skills and tools to share our faith without fear. One of my favorite tools was something called the “15 Second Testimony.” Basically, you share what Jesus did in a form something like this: “I once was insecure and angry , battling depression and addiction…but then I repented of my sins, gave my heart to Jesus and now He has made me secure in Him, full of joy and peace and I am walking in freedom.” What I love about this tool is that it makes you really remember what Jesus has done. It was a challenge at first to recollect everything that I was before I met Him or even just before I had a revelation of just how free I am in Him as His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:17-21), but it made me have to engage with the transformation that actually has taken place in my life.
I definitely walked away with not only a new tool for sharing my faith, but also a fresh perspective and appreciation for my beautiful Savior. My times with Him have thus gone deeper, and my soul is more awake than ever to Who He is and what He has truly done in me!
I’d like to issue a challenge to you this week: WHAT HAS JESUS DONE in YOU? If you had to share your “15 Second Testimony” with a friend, what would you say? What is it about Jesus that you can convey from your own life that would make another want to drop everything and follow Him? Do you remember?
I dare you to get alone with Him, grab your journal and really dig deep into everything that He has done. Ask Holy Spirit to remind you of the amazing transformation that God has done in you, and then challenge yourself to share it with someone else.
You are a NEW CREATION IN CHRIST (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
“So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, ‘Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.’ He answered, ‘Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see’” (John 9:24-25).
~ Mandy Woodhouse