And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them.
'Tell what great things God has done for you.' And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
God told us His plans from beginning to end. He showed us flaws in many of His heroes. Like Jacob's conniving to steal from Esau. Like the extremely hot temper of Moses. Like His children's disastrous ingratitude. Like David's sorry affair with Bathsheba - and subsequent foul murder of her husband.
Jesus reported His desert temptations. He revealed His brother's early disbelief and Mary Magdalene's background with demons. He shared His agony in Gethsemane. Paul confessed his persecution of Christians and admitted his previous arrogance.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: All things become your testimonies. Every hard trial and poor decision. Every wrong move and its consequence. Everything you witnessed and suffered. By the power of the Living God, by the Blood of His Son on a Cross, by all the stories you have to tell...
The King of kings will be glorified. Your overcoming struggles will help others. Because secrets give dark forces a stronghold, because most people hide their deepest torments, your openness becomes a great example. It encourages them with a message of hope. So share your miracles of delivery.
If you pause to consider the good in the bad, you'll see God's saving grace was in it all along. By the revelation of that discovery, others will reach out to your Deliverer.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.