[King Agrippa told Paul] “Keep this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!” Acts 26:28
Paul, bound in chains, told Agrippa his conversion story–how he persecuted Christians and then became one of them. Agrippa must have been spell-bound by Paul’s passion for his ministry to say he could possibly become a Christian. Paul said, “That’s what I’ve been praying for… (vs. 29)
Years ago, following a year of marriage therapy, I wrote a story about how my husband and I had once again found love in our relationship. When I heard others with a similar story, I shared my story. I could have given them books I’d read on relationship building or referred them to my therapist, but the opportunity availed itself, and at that moment, my story–not preaching–gave them encouragement to do something to change their situation.
I had a friend who chastised me for sharing my story through a major magazine. “How could you tell the whole world about your marriage problems?” I told her that if my story helped one couple rebuild their sagging marriage, it was worth it to me and my husband to share our experience.
Paul knew he could be tortured or killed for his efforts to make Jesus known. Yet he took the risk and brought many people to Jesus. I don’t know if telling my story brought about a change in anyone’s life, but it was worth trying.
Dear Lord, give us courage to share our story for others to hear. Amen.