You Have a Past
Posted by Melissa
Whether you’re proud of your hometown, can’t wait to leave, or already miss it terribly, it’s a big part of who you are. It’s where you’re from. For the rest of your life, when people ask, “Where are you from?,” you’ll remember your hometown. You’ve got a spiritual hometown as well. It’s the place you began, the place from which God has brought you. So, where are you from? Where did your story of redemption begin?
Read Acts 22:3-5. Concentrate on verse 4.
What did Paul tell his listeners about his background?
What do you think he might have left out?
How do you think he chose what to tell about his past and what to leave out?
What would you tell someone about your background if you were sharing your story of meeting Jesus?
What’s the difference between admitting your past sinfulness and glorifying it?
How can you make sure you have the right focus when you tell people about your past?
Even if you don’t have a very exciting pre-Christ past, what can you tell people about your past?
Why do you think the story of where we come from is such a powerful way to share our faith?
We all have a place from which Christ has brought us. Everything we did, whether it was trying to please our parents or rebelling from them, was done as a futile effort to get away from that same lost place. Paul told his story to those listening: he had been raised in religion and was so devoutly zealous in his Jewish faith that he persecuted Christians. To share his testimony, Paul had to admit that his past wasn’t pristine. Paul had to admit he was a sinner, something we all must recognize and admit to become Christians.
So, when you share your story, you get to tell others about the spiritual place from which God has rescued you. Unlike your physical hometown, you never have to go back.
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women in jail. —Acts 22:4
Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2010 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.