Here are some examples that we hope will help you in writing out your own story on the worksheets below. We have included some examples that the corporate man, Paul McAllister, could have used when preparing his personal story.
1. What was my attitude before I met Jesus? Most people you encounter will identify more with your attitudes than with your activities. Some answers might entail specifics like:
a. I was a pleasure seeker.
b. I wore different masks.
c. I got to the age of 21 (or a level of success) and thought, “Is this it?”
d. I considered myself as having high moral standards.
Paul: I placed money, power, and success above every relationship in my life.
2. Why did I say “yes” to Christ?
This will summarize your thought process and any challenges, crises, or experiences that led you to Christ. You might explain how you overcame barriers, how you found answers that satisfied you, or what motivated you to follow Christ:
a. I wanted to find the real me.
b. I found Christianity is about friendships and relationships, not rules and regulations.
c. My dad’s death made stop and think.
d. Suddenly the things I found confusing made sense.
Paul: I began to see that life was all about relationships with God and others.
3. How did I say “yes” to Christ?
It’s important to make clear here how you made that decision and acted upon it to put Jesus at the center of your life. This involves a process culminating in your decision to follow Christ. If you can’t recall a single point or specific decision, relate one or two specific examples where you noticed this process taking place. Consider:
a. I confessed that Jesus is God and that He died to restore my broken relationship with Him.
b. I admitted to God that I had been following my own way, not His.
c. I asked God to become number one in my life, above everything else.
d. I realized God forgave me, even if I couldn’t forgive myself.
Paul: I bowed my head and turned over my life to God and received the gift of the ultimate mulligan, Jesus as my Savior and Lord.
4. What difference does Christ make in my day-to-day life?
If you’ve been a believer for a while and have not thought much about this question lately, ask yourself, “How has Christ had an increasingly dominant influence in my life?” Think about sharing your recognition that you cannot possibly “do” life on your own. When Paul was given the freedom to set his own more realistic par, he played more freely. Perfection is not our goal, nor is it God’s, and recognizing we can’t even “do” imperfection here on earth without God’s help can be one of those differences. Other examples include:
a. The Bible now makes sense to me; I can apply its teachings to how I live.
b. I’m not as judgmental as I used to be. I know Jesus is coming back and it’s His job.
c. I’m more interested in worthwhile and lasting relationships and less concerned with making money.
d. I worry less because I know God is in control and that He’ll guide and protect me.
Paul: I experienced a transformation in my life through relationships that were established with God, my son, and others and in my business life.
5. What is a true believer anyway?
It’s important to keep this simple and direct:
a. Someone who realizes that trying to live life on his or her own doesn’t work well; it actually insults God.
Without Him, people miss out on the relationship and help He provides.
b. A person who has discovered a friendship with God by admitting that they need His forgiveness; those who ask Him to be first in his/her life.
Paul: A person who realizes he is sinful and separated from God and has accepted God's offer of the ultimate mulligan. He has received eternal life by embracing Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord by accepting His scorecard, the perfect life lived for Him. This new person finds significance in God’s love and forgiveness, not in performance. He lives life in a personal friendship with Jesus and the Father.
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