As a follower of Christ, everything I do sends a message to those who are not followers of Christ! Do my actions, words, and deeds proclaim love and point people to Jesus? Or do my actions, words, and deeds point to myself? The world is watching 24/7! I pray that I make a conscious choice at the start of every day to realize there will be many opportunities to allow God to use my story, to use my trials, and to journey with others, if I will allow Him to set the pace and direct my agenda.
When God is making a way, I should never stand in the way!
When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life”. Acts 11:18
The trials you experience can serve as one of the greatest catalysts for your faith to be shared.
Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. Acts 11:19-20
God will use your presence, words, support, and encouragement to accomplish far more than you could imagine, in the Church.
When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. Acts 11:23
You will always go further faster, when you do not go alone!
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people… Acts 11:25-26a
When others look at your life, who do they see?
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:26b