It Is Not About Me

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Today’s Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2

One day, I started a conversation with my coworker about God. Our talk led me to believe that she may not know Jesus as her personal savior.  I felt that she had an open heart toward him, but not a relationship with him.

As I talked with her, she shared a number of questions with me. I answered the questions that I could. And for the ones I couldn’t answer, I told her I would research and get back to her, but I never did. The reason I never did was because I felt like I had to have all the perfect answers.

In our reading today, Paul shows us that sharing the good news of Jesus isn’t about saying everything perfectly or saying what we think others want to hear. The gospel is about grace, hope, and love. It about Jesus — not us.  It is about who he is and what he has done for us. Telling others our authentic story without hidden agendas or mixed motives is how we should share him with others.

1 Thessalonians 2:5-6
5Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! 6As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.

During the conversation with my coworker, I thought I should flatter her with all the answers instead of letting God speak through me with the gospel message. The gospel should be at the center of my heart because it should be what I am living for. When I make sharing the good news of Jesus with others about me, it makes for a cheap, false gospel that does not give people hope and is ultimately disobedient to how God calls us to share it.

Questions:
What keeps you from sharing the gospel? Are you able to confidently share your personal story of following Jesus? Could you tell someone what the spiritual journey God is inviting us on looks like?

Next Steps:
What steps have you taken in these areas of the spiritual journey:

  1. Know God
  2. Find Freedom
  3. Discover Purpose
  4. Make a Difference

Write out your spiritual journey and share with someone.

Prayer:
God, you are our living hope. You gave us the greatest hope we could ever ask for. As I share this good news with others, help me to never make it about myself. As I go through this week, open my eyes to the opportunities I have to point others to you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.


This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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3 replies
  1. Julie
    Julie says:

    I keep trying to write my story down, but I just can’t come up with ANY words for it! Isn’t that so strange? God has done so much for me, i just can’t focus in on which one is my story! I think, like God, my story is just too big to break down. It overwhelms me!

  2. Megyn E Pike
    Megyn E Pike says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I am struggling with a close friend and sharing God with them. I realize how I too was making it about me. Thank you for opening my eyes to God’s message and grace.

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