Let's say you were sitting at a table with a sort of acquaintance after lunch. As you're preparing yourself to leave, she says to you, "So you're a person of faith. How did you get to be that way?" What would you say?
This happened to me recently. I was out to lunch with a person I know from work. We'd get together for lunch maybe 3-4 times a year. Our previous lunches consisted mostly of conversation about law and teaching and all the other things we have in common. So the question about my faith caught me off guard. I struggled to remember a specific time I'd said something about God or my beliefs to her, and I couldn't. But somehow, she knew that it was important to me. And I think I spent another 30-40 minutes sharing my story with her. What an awesome opportunity!
This might happen to me only a couple of times a year--where I've got a specific invitation to share my life story as it relates to faith. But I've given a lot of thought to how I would want to share it when the time comes. I've taken the time, ahead of time, to think about the highs and lows of life and how to weave in God's actions and activity in to where my life has come from and where it's going. Because I always want to be ready with an answer about the hope and faith I have inside.
Whenever we're living kingdom values in our everyday lives, truly allowing Jesus to lead us as we go, questions like this come up. So what about you? Are you ready to share your story if and when you're asked? What are the major ways that God has intervened in your life? Why is faith important to you? How does it affect your life?