" ...When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken... And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shall catch men.” Luke 5:8-10
In an effort to keep our private lives private, pride stops us from sharing with others how God brought us through the fires in our own lives. If we can't share our testimonies with others, why should they believe what we say about God? How will they know that God can come through for them, if they cannot hear His testimony through us?
One day you will be prompted to share your private fires to help someone else understand God’s presence in their life. If you are truthful, others will know that some fires do not end without casualty. In some of those cases, you were burned. In others, the embers were just starting to cling to your shirttail. While, in some others you were able to make your escape unscathed. Either way, these fires are lessons we must learn to be able to grow into the kind of people God needs for us to become.
The Bible says, "Fear not; from henceforth thou shall catch men.” The question is, when the time comes to share your testimony, will you hold onto your pride; or, will you be a testifying eyewitness for God? L.
Study Reference: Luke 5:8-10
From:"Eyewitness Testimony." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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