No one shared the Gospel with me. A TV evangelist led me in prayer as I gave my life to Christ on my living room floor in St. Peters, Missouri on an evening in July 1996. God can use anyone.
Let me clarify. I have good reason to believe that there were people behind the scenes praying for my salvation – and that speaks to God’s faithfulness to answer prayer and bring people to Himself -- but no one specifically told me what Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension meant for me. None of it.
But while I entered the life of faith, in one sense, on my own, God most certainly did not leave me on my own.
The first woman who discipled me was the Teaching Director at the Community Bible Study group I attended as a new believer. Kitty was tall and stunning, but also shared her faith honestly. She, too, had come to know the Lord as an adult; and I was a bit in awe of her. But the Lord prompted me one day, a couple of years in, to call her (there was no such thing as texting back then) to ask her to disciple me. Her words to me still make me chuckle. “You’re very brave to ask me!” Was that pride on her part? I don’t think so. You see, she knew how I still struggled with a very low opinion of myself, was easily intimidated by others and was only bit by bit recovering from social anxiety disorder.
Kitty said yes and met with me every week for two years. She met with other people as well, but usually only every other week or even once a month. She said I was a desperate case and needed a more intense relationship. She was right.
And oh, how the Lord used Kitty in my life. Her one requirement of me was that I be in God’s Word every day and then journal daily about what the Lord was doing in my life. Then, when we met, she and I would talk about what I had been reading, how God had been showing up and how the Lord had been faithful in her own life.
Since that time, the Lord has used many people in my life, both women and men, to shape me more and more into His Image and I expect He’ll continue to do so, since I still have so far to go.
But this isn’t only my story. God calls each of us to be in community with one another, to build one another up. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul says to Timothy (and the Holy Spirit says to us), “Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” Don’t miss out on the good gift of meeting with another believer one on one. God can and does use anyone. Let Him use you.
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