On Monday, I started a series about telling your testimony, or story, to others as a way to share the Gospel. (If you missed it, click here to read)
In order to understand the best way to share your life with someone, we’re taking some tips from an expert: Paul. In his letter to the Galatians, he writes his testimony. On Monday, we read about his life before he became a Christian and today, we’ll talk about how he became a Christian.
Verses 15-17 read, “But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia and returned again to Damascus.”
Though he doesn’t get into the details here, Paul has a pretty amazing conversion story. In short, he is blinded by God for three days and has to be brought to a disciple of God in order to see again. For the whole story, read Acts 9.
When reading Paul’s “how,” two things stand out to me:
- Keep the focus on God. Paul has an awesome story of how God got his attention. However, he doesn’t really talk about it. Instead, he only talks about God and how He did all the work. It’s fine to talk about the actual details of the day you accepted God as your savior. Maybe you had something radical happen to you like Paul did, or maybe you became a Christian when you were really little and don’t remember much. Either way, your story is important and including details like that are great. However, always remember to focus on God. He’s the star of this story, not you.
- Highlight that grace, not works, is the key to salvation. Paul clearly states that it was by grace that God saved him. He doesn’t mention anything about earning his salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” You might even want to mention this verse because, once again, God is the focus of your story, not you.
Click here for the final part in this series, the “after.”