"For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.” Matthew 10:20
At the opening ceremony of one of my favorite museums, I spotted a woman that I had not seen in a while. And, although we were not friends, we always greeted each other with a smile.
"I can't believe you are here!” She said, smiling at me, “—I have been looking for you for one year! "
"No," I said, "-I don't think it's been that long."
“-Yes!" She said firmly,
"-It has been exactly a year! And, I was hoping that you would be here!" I started to laugh out loud, "Hmm,... sounds serious, I don't owe you money, do I?" We both began to laugh. "-No.” She said, continuing with some level of excitement. “-I just really wanted to thank you and tell you how much you helped me! -You were so right! " She said smiling. "-And, it worked out just as you said it would!" "Really?" I said; trying desperately to remember what we actually spoke about one year earlier, while hoping that she would give me a hint.
I vaguely recalled telling her that the issue she was facing may be God's way of moving her in a different direction; but, for the life of me, I could not remember the details. And, after rattling my aging brain for a while, I finally said, "What exactly was it that I said to you?" Looking a little stunned, she said, "You really don't remember?"
"-No." I said, more amazed that she was amazed that I did not remember the specifics of our year-old conversation.
"Well," She said, "-I have to believe that God needed for me to hear what He was trying to tell me. I was being hard-headed and would not listen. So, He used you so I could hear His Voice from someone else." Although she never filled in the details, I had to agree; because, to this day, I still cannot recall the specific details of our conversation.
Christians asking for The Power to speak to others about Jesus, are probably less common than God asking us to speak to others about Him. Often, there is fear. —Fear of rejection, ridicule, and a lack of knowledge associated with speaking to others about Jesus. However, Jesus understands our fears and in most instances, He will prompt us to action.
There will be times when, we will be in the right place, at precisely the right time to help someone else understand why Jesus Loves them. On some of those occasions it will be our words, on other occasions, it will be our actions. We do not have to remember the details; we simply have to remember that we are a living testimony to the Life, Love, and Power of Jesus Christ. L.
Study Reference: Matthew 10:20
From: "The Power to Speak." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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