Re-Energize Your Faith
Just like the teacher who learns more than his/her students by preparing a lesson, your faith is re-energized each time you share your stories. You remember how God sought you out—personally and specifically. You remember when He answered prayer. You recall that He led you to the right place, at the right time, where you met the person who offered you truth, help, hope, or understanding. Thinking through, preparing, and then verbalizing your stories heightens your awareness of God’s activity.
In Philemon 1:4-5, Paul comments that he is encouraged by the stories he’s heard about Philemon’s love and faith in Jesus. But take a look at what he says in verse six about the potential outcome of sharing one’s faith:
“And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.”
We often hear evangelism discussed and encouraged as a way to bless others with the Good News. And that’s certainly an important reason to speak up. But you, as the sharer, also receive a blessing. The more you watch for and recognize God’s presence, the more you see Him working not only in your life, but in others’ lives as well. As Proverbs 11:25 says, “the one who waters will himself be watered.”