Leighton Ford, one of Billy Graham’s associates, said one time, “I was speaking at an open-air crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Billy Graham was to speak the next night and had arrived a day early. He came incognito and sat on the grass at the rear of the crowd. Because he was wearing a hat and dark glasses, no one recognized him.
“Directly in front of him sat an elderly gentleman who seemed to be listening intently to my presentation. When I invited people to come forward as an open sign of commitment, Billy decided to do a little personal evangelism. He tapped the man on the shoulder and asked, ‘Would you like to accept Christ? I’ll be glad to walk down with you if you want to.’ The old man looked him up and down, thought it over for a moment, and then said, ‘Naw, I think I’ll just wait till the big gun comes tomorrow night.’
“Billy and I have had several good chuckles over that incident. Unfortunately, it underlines how, in the minds of many people, evangelism is the task of the ‘Big Guns,’ not the ‘little shots.’”
It matters not if you are a “big gun,” little gun, or even a sling shot, if you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, part of Gods purpose for you is to share with others – share of your belief in Christ and what He has done in your life.
Each one of us, God’s believers, has a story to tell. It is the story of God in our daily lives. And God desires, even compels us to share that story with others. I believe one of the reasons God does not take us to heaven as soon as we accept His plan of redemption for us, is that He desires for us to share with others the joy and excitement of a changed life – a life changed because of God’s outpouring of love to us.
If you are a believer in Christ there are people in your life, your circle of influence that God desires you to reach with your story. It is your story that is needed in their lives, not one from your pastor or Sunday School teacher. My story will not accomplish the task. God wants you to experience the joy of sharing, the satisfaction of blessings from obedience to Him for sharing.
When you purchase a car and you enjoy and appreciate it you do not return to the dealership to learn how to tell others why you like it so much. You share from your own experience how it handles, the comfort of the ride, and the gas mileage. It is your experience that you share with others. You are the eyewitness and the person who has experienced the ride.
As a believer you have a story to share. You are an eyewitness to God’s unfolding love in your life. No one can dispute what you have personally experienced in Christ. Share your story. Share with others what God has done and is doing in your life. You have a story to tell and God gives you each day an audience waiting to hear. Share your story with the passion God has imparted on you. A person’s eternity may depend on it.