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Topic: BROKEN (12/06/18)
TITLE: The Best Gift
By Taryn Deets
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While we might not be meant to call millions to be Christ-followers, we are all told to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” I think sometimes we are scared to share because we fear the other person’s reaction to our “good news”. And we feel intimidated by having to do it in such a way as to be an effective evangelist. Perhaps we think that to be an evangelist we need Billy Graham-like confidence, speaking ability and results. Like Moses, we want to ask God to find someone else to do the job.
Last year God stripped me of everything in my life that I loved or found meaning in and placed me in Egypt and gave me the thankless job: homeschooling my very angry daughter. I left behind my friends, my job, my church and my father died before we moved. Last summer, thinking I deserved a little rest, I went home to the U.S. hoping for a relaxing time reconnecting with friends, family, shopping and traveling. It was not that.
The summer started with a car wreck that affected our travel plans, relationships, and our finances! It didn’t get better from there: a fist fight between two sons, a whole knocked into a wall by two daughters, one brother’s phone stolen by another and so much running around. I came home more exhausted and defeated than before I left.
Since the adoption of three of our children eleven years ago, God placed us in the desert of suffering. But I also know without a doubt that he brought us to Egypt to show us the Red Sea and remind me that his promised healing is coming.
Your suffering and life experiences, and the testimony of God’s goodness that will come from it, is a gift from God to others who need to hear it. They need to know that you have suffered and that your faith in God has borne fruit in your life. Your testimony is a gift that you can give to others this season and throughout the year.
Because of the difficulties I’ve experienced as an adoptive mother, God has given me a passion to share with other adoptive mothers. Often the testimony I share with them is that while there has been great suffering for all of us, there is hope at the end of our path to the Red Sea. God’s power allows me daily to rise above my immediate circumstance and keep walking on that desert road which I know will lead to his deliverance.
This year still in Egypt, but farther on our road the Red Sea, I still miss my dad, my friends, job and church, but that ache is being replaced with new friends, I am becoming a part of a local church, and my daughter is growing in her faith. We are still walking on a road that requires much healing, but God’s Son, my Prince of Peace, is right here with me.
What life experiences or difficulties could you turn into a gift this Christmas? What are you passionate about? Testifying to the greatness of God doesn’t have to be scary or threatening. It is simply taking some situation in which God delivered you and share the power of God to change, heal or sustain. The gospel is certainly about the Son of God coming to earth to save us lost sinners, but it is also about His power to live life daily in his care.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16NIV) This verse should not be something we hear over and over so often that it no longer has meaning for us. It is THE verse. It should strike us every time we hear it that this is THE greatest gift. We should want more than anything this Christmas to give that away. We can do that by sharing our testimony of His work in our lives every chance we get.
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