Our experiences can help the spiritual growth of others

Mark 16:15My sister and I decided to take a vacation, and we left our home in Pittsburgh located in western PA and headed to Philadelphia located in eastern PA.

Next to our hotel was a visitor center owned and operated by a bus company that offered day trips to local areas as well as three day tours to nearby cities. One of the tours was to Pittsburgh.

When we discovered that Pittsburgh was a popular tourist destination, we chuckled. We grew up in Pittsburgh and could not think of any reason why someone would want to visit.

As the years have gone by, my appreciation for Pittsburgh has grown, and I now understand why visitors are attracted to the city. But I often wondered why we were so perplexed that day when the guide at the visitor center told us he loved visiting Pittsburgh.

By the time my sister and I became adults we had seen thousands of dinosaur bones at the Museum of Natural History and watched science in action at the science center. We visited lions at the zoo and watched as their baby cubs grew into adults and rode the incline to the top of Mt. Washington for a spectacular view of the city.

It was a part of life, and I thought everyone had the same experiences. But that day, my sister and I had knowledge that others did not have. As we talked with the guide, we became the tour guides and he became the tourist.

Mark 16:15

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Jesus instructed his disciples to teach others about the gospel. There was no one better to send because their experiences with Jesus gave them knowledge to share with the world.

Jesus extends his instructions to us. Even though we did not walk with Jesus or see the miracles he performed, we have gained knowledge through life experiences.

Luke 10:2

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

When we become a child of Christ, we automatically became a worker. We can help with the harvest by using our life experiences to teach others the Gospel through writing, speaking and by our own actions.

Use your life experiences to teach others the Gospel. What you have to say can be important in the spiritual growth of others.

This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday

8 thoughts on “Our experiences can help the spiritual growth of others

  1. Jenny, I heard it said that there’e no better testimony of Jesus than that of our changed lives. We don’t need to know all the answers, but as you said, we can share our life experiences to share the Jesus in us. Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  2. Jenny,
    So good to meet another Pittsburgh gal!! I grew up there and didn’t move away until I got married. It really wasn’t until I went home to “visit” that I began to see what a great city/area it is. I love the ‘burgh and I bleed black and gold lol. I even went to college not far from Pittsburgh at Grove City College. My children (now grown) who have never lived in Pittsburgh, love going there. It truly is someplace special. I really enjoyed your post on using our life experiences to go into the world as disciples and spread the Good News!
    Blessings to you this day,
    Bev

  3. Jenny, Thanks for this reminder today. I often get tired of my own story, wondering how it could possibly inspire anyone else, but you have challenged me to use what God has given me to share His love! Blessings, Liz

  4. Good illustration and application. I have heard it said to be a tourist in your own area – you may be surprised what you find out. Fresh eyes – fresh heart sees things differently. Coming over today from The Beauty link up. glad to visit you.

  5. Howdy from another Pittsburgher. Enjoying reading your blog as I found you on the COMPEL forums.
    I am very new to all of this and looking forward to learning a lot!
    Your writing is very down to earth and encouraging.
    Blessings!

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