2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
There is something powerful and compelling about testimony born of experience. The gospel of Jesus is not just an interesting idea Peter heard from someone else and is sharing in this letter. Peter has seen with his own eyes and heard the voice of God the Father speaking to Jesus, the Son. There is a level of conviction that experience makes possible here.
It will come as no surprise that interest in Christianity in America has been waning for many years. However, I find that people are still interested in a God who acts in our world – who responds to our need when we call upon him. I’m learning one of the most important things I can do as a Christian is simply to tell others what I have seen the Lord do in my life and in the lives of others. I’ve seen people who have ZERO interest in organized church get very interested in what I have to say when it speaks to their immediate need.
“…but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty”
Lord I give you thanks for the many ways you act in our world, in our lives, in our church. Give us grace to share our gratitude with others, especially those who may be far from you. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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I have traveled all over the world and I have had this opportunity as well. The first time it happened I have to say that I was not as well prepared as I should have been. After that, I thought about it and when I get the chance I relate my Christianity to the Apostles Creed. I’m sure it is different for everybody, but be prepared to share. Take Matthew 28 seriously.