I was listening to an old episode of the Radical Podcast by David Platt this morning called “Cross-Culture: God’s Story, Our Story” and it was a sermon that he had preached about being able to share our story with the world. The way he presented it was in the form of a college class, with the Bible as the textbook and things like that. The “homework assignment” was to write your story in 100 words or less, or roughly 45 seconds. The main idea was: if you were given 45 seconds during a conversation with someone to tell them about Christ, could you do it?
He made the point that sometimes our stories are focused more on ourselves than they should be and we often add a lot of drama and flair to make it sound good. But the truth is, when we’re telling others about Christ, we don’t have to tell a lengthy conversion story in order to tell them about the gospel! We should be able to give a clear, simple story about how Jesus saved us. We don’t need drama, or special words that David Platt referred to as “Christianese,” and it doesn’t have to be magnificent. Some people have crazy cool conversion stories, like they were literally on death row and then God intervened and put their life back together. But some people, like me, don’t have a story like that and that’s okay!
He had several points in his sermon and I’m not going to list them all (mostly because I don’t remember them all). But a couple of them were 1) keep it simple and 2) keep it humble. If you’ve read my testimony that I currently have posted on the “About Me” page, you know that it’s not exactly short! I probably made it a little too long, considering it took me a whole 7 minutes to read to my church the day I was baptized (what can I say? I’m a writer and I like words 😂). Anyway, I decided to take David Platt up on his homework assignment/challenge and wanted to share with all of you what I wrote.
So here it is: my story in 100 words or less (it’s exactly 100 words XD):
I grew up in church and accepted Jesus at a very young age. However, I didn’t know Jesus on a personal level. My early Christian years were mere religion, and things like evangelism and Bible reading to me seemed confusing, scary, or even reserved for the more “elite” Christians. But as I began to pursue Christ more, or maybe more accurately as Christ began to pursue me, I realized that I needed to know Him personally. He showed me that being a Christian is more than just a religion, but rather a relationship and the greatest privilege of all time.
If you were asked about your faith by a non-believer, could you tell them in 45-seconds or less? You’re not a bad Christian if you couldn’t, and 45 seconds isn’t a set rule. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel in under a minute”! But David Platt asked a good question–are we able to simply and effectively tell others about what Christ did for us?
I linked the podcast episode up above if you’re interested in listening to it for yourself!
Until next time, y’all! I truly believe that if you seek God with your whole heart, He will do great and mighty things through you! Be blessed and be a blessing ❤