I am Called Out of the Darkness | Day 18 July 18 2015, 0 Comments

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#TruthAboutWhoYouAre

This is Day 18 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.

It's Kristen Stansell and I will be sharing my thoughts on today's scripture. I'm married, involved in an amazing church, and am the person behind Crafted By. Thank you for being a part of this journey. Photo credit: Rochelle VanSickle

I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light - 1 Peter 2:9 

Isn't it true that when we "love" something we  want to tell everyone? We try a new restaurant and we naturally want to tell people how good it is and that "you have to go!"

Even though I grew up in a Christian home and went to church most my life, sharing Jesus with others was beyond intimidating. It felt as as akward as trying to sell pies to my neighbors so I could go to church camp. I never knew the words to say, would fumble over scripture, and my best reason for telling someone they should know Jesus was, "because you just should". I thought that in order to tell people about Jesus, I had to know all the facts. If I knew all the facts in the Bible then I would know exactly what to say when someone would try to raise an argument about my faith. Which would them leave them wanting to give their life to Jesus... The reality is that that is not the best method nor is it what the Bible instructs us to do.

I was taught a few years ago that "facts tell and stories sell." I think it can be the same with sharing our faith. I can try as hard as I want to know all the details in the Bible but I will never be able to fully comprehend ALL of it and share ALL of it successfully to someone else. But what I CAN do is share how I once was lost - I was living my life with little to no purpose. I was depressed. I was severely anorexic. I drank too much. Partied too much and felt awful about who I was. I was in a dark place and couldn't see any light up ahead. And then... someone told me how God had changed their life and invited me to church. From there, I began to see the light again and I witness God's grace change me from the inside out. I went from nothing to something. Rejected to accepted. Feeling unloved to feeling completely loved by my Heavenly Father. 

I love how The Message version explains 1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

If you have given your life to Jesus, you have a story of hope and it is worth telling to others. You might have a similar story to mine or something very different but either way you have a story. My prayer is that we would all be brave enough to speak up about what God has done in our lives. We are surrounded by people who are searching for hope and the truth. We can be the voice of hope that makes all the difference in a persons life. 

Much love - Kristen 

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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”