Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #13

The Power of Experience

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Scripture

Acts 4:20

“We cannot help speaking about what we have seen or heard.”

Insight

No one can take away your story. Your lived experience, good or bad, is something that is yours alone. No one can take it from you. When I experienced the grace of God at age nineteen, that was my experience. The life I lead now flows of out my encounter with Jesus at that time. It is the same with you – when did you first encounter the grace of God?

For the disciples on trial, this is their main defence. The ruler and teachers of the law would charge them with many things, for many reasons. Their response is simple: we cannot help but speak of what we have seen or heard. Their relationship with Jesus was something so transformational, so concrete that it was a simple task to speak of Him, because they had experienced Him. This gave their ministry and their words a special weight, because it came from people who had experienced first-hand the love and grace of God in Jesus.

What is your experience of God? Have you seen and heard Him? How has that changed your confession? When we see Jesus, and hear Him speak to us personally, it gives us untold boldness and courage to speak to others, even in the most difficult of situations. We can speak of Him in ‘real terms’, because it was a real experience. It’s not mere knowledge, or ideas, or theories about God – it is an experience of God Himself.

In our evangelism and invitation, let us be people who share the Word based on experience, not just theory. Let us be people who ‘cannot help speaking’ about our relationship with Jesus because it’s something so real and firm. The people around us will see it, and surely be drawn to the great Reality at the centre of our lives, as we continue to tell the story of meeting Him.