Today’s post was written by Shawn Seeley.
He is our Interns Pastor at NWLife.
Shawn has an amazing story and writes about his life and story often on his site.
Stop by sometime, you’ll be glad you did.
…But I Know This!
Have you ever seen a great movie but been afraid to tell your friends about it because you didn’t know the name of the supporting actors, the location it was filmed in, the program the footage was edited with, or the type of film it was shot with?
Of course not! That’d be absolutely ridiculous.
If you needed to tell me all that info about the movie before you could give me the details of what actually happened, I wouldn’t want to hear about it from you anyway.
So why, when it comes to our personal encounter with Jesus, do we feel like we have to know it all before we can speak up?
Take a look at the story of Jesus healing the beggar man who was blind from birth (John 9).
Jesus healed this blind man by spitting into some mud & rubbing it on the man’s eyes & then having him wash it out in a pool (God’s getting some creative points here).
Turns out Jesus knew what he was doing & the man could see now.
People freaked out.
Check out the man’s response when the Pharisees called Jesus a sinner & questioned him about what happened:
“I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, & now I can see!” (John 9.25 NLT, emphasis added)
He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind … I now see.” (John 9.25 MSG, emphasis added)
The man didn’t know Jesus very well…He didn’t even know if Jesus was a sinner or not!
If the story ended there, it would be pretty lame…but it didn’t.
The formerly blind man whose eyes had been opened by an amazing encounter with Jesus knew one thing for sure: he was blind, but now he could see.
I like the emphasis on now.
This guy didn’t know much, but he had a story to share & he was telling everyone who’s listen—now.
You can’t help but be changed after encountering Jesus, & people will notice.
Don’t feel like you need to have the answer to every deep, theological question someone might have, just share your testimony.
It’s OK, you can do it now—no formal ministry training required.
In the end, deep theological knowledge doesn’t do a thing. In fact, sometimes it might cause more problems than it solves.
Stop worrying about what you don’t know & answers to questions no one is asking.
Share what you do know: that an encounter with Jesus has changed your life.
Share it now because someone is waiting to hear your story.
Now is >