Today as Stuart Rothberg, Teaching Pastor at Sagemont Church, shared his powerful testimony, I was struck by his final challenge. He said that we should ask God for a life that was so full of peace, so full of joy, so winsome, that family, friends, and acquaintances would ask, what makes you tick? Why are you so different?
I loved how Stuart's mom recognized that his life had changed so dramatically. Stuart is home for the holidays, seeing his family for the first time since he believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
And how is it his mother can tell he is radically changed?
He takes out the trash without being asked to do it.
This had never happened.
Suddenly, he served not out of obligation or duty, but from the Holy Spirit giving him a heart that puts the needs of others ahead of his own.
So taking out the trash became an act of worship, an act of love and caring, an act of giving preference to others needs before ones own.
And that was so radically different, it begged the question, what has brought about such a change?
So through this one simple. selfless act, he was able to share the gospel with his family. resulting in his mother, an orthodox jew professing Jesus as her Lord within a week.
So how can our lives beg a question?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
And what does that fruit look like to a family member?
When we put their needs ahead of our own.
Excuse me, I have to take out the trash.
P.S. If you missed today's message go online to gostonebridge.com later this week and listen. You'll be greatly touched and encouraged.