I have told many people, “God makes miracles out of messes,” and He has been doing a good job. All we do is bring Him the different messes of our lives. You bring Him yours. I bring Him mine.
But that “mess-turned-miracle” can become your message. It is your opportunity to tell others, “What God did in my life, He can do in yours.”
How do I know that? The Bible says so.
Look what happened in the life of Paul the Apostle. Paul told his young disciple Timothy, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” (I Timothy 1:15-16)
The word “pattern” means an example, sketch, or illustration. In essence, Paul was saying, “He saved me to prove that He can save anybody.” His mess became his message.
Gotten in serious trouble with the law? Saved out of drug addiction? Shunned for years by friends who did not want to be connected to you? Failed to be faithful to your spouse? Addicted for years to alcohol? Here are five pointers that will help you turn that mess into a message.
1. Ask yourself, “How did the grace of God change that and how have I become an example of what He can do for others?” In other words, what were you like before you came to Christ and what difference has He made now? Be specific and succinct.
2. Speak in terms they understand. Don’t use theological jargon that you have since learned as a Christian such as redeemed, justified, etc.
3. Center everything you are saying around a central and memorable idea such as, “God took someone who wanted to end his life and introduced me to a life that will never end.”
4. Explain the plan of salvation so clearly, they know how what happened to you can happen to them. You saw yourself as a sinner, you recognized Christ died for you and rose again, and you trusted Him to save you.
5. If using your “mess-turned-miracle” as a testimony in a public speaking situation, keep it short and to the point. Five to seven minutes is plenty.
Let your mess be a message used of God. Let it shout loudly and clearly, “If this is what God did in my life, think what He can do in yours.”