Stories. We all love them. As children, our parents entertained us with stories of Curious George or Clifford the Big Red Dog. Stories of Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, The Gingerbread Man, and Snow White captured our attention and our imagination. Books and movies still captivate us. Whenever a new blockbuster is released, the question is asked, “Have you seen it?”
Even the Bible itself is filled with stories. Stories of God’s power and might, like the parting of the Red Sea. Or stories used to illustrate a point, such as The Good Samaritan.
One of my favorite types of story is that of men and women who have been used throughout the ages for God’s purposes. Men such as Olympic champion Eric Liddell, who returned to China as a missionary after winning gold in the 1924 Olympics. Or women such as Sophie Muller, who went to the Amazon jungle of Colombia as a single missionary in the 1940’s with the intention of reaching every tribe with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Martyrs, such as Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCulley, Roger Youderian, and Pete Fleming who gave their lives to reach a previously unreached people group in Ecuador. Lottie Moon, who spent the majority of her life in China during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as a missionary. Men like John Wycliffe, John Wesley, Martin Luther, C.H. Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and D.L. Moody were all used by God to do great big and amazing things.
Sometimes, it is easy for us to look at them and think of them as such great spiritual giants, and truly they were. But we think that we could never have that kind of impact. Each of those people simply surrendered to Jesus and was obedient to His call on their lives.
I had a friend whose story was that of a life of drugs, alcohol, and run ins with the police. I loved hearing him tell his story of how God saved and delivered him. But one day I realized that my story was just as important as his.
And so is yours.
If you are a Jesus follower, you have a very important story.
Your story begins with you on the road to hell, but drastically changed when you had a life changing experience with Jesus Christ. Don’t look down on your story because you trusted in Jesus at an early age and never really “had a bad streak.” That is God’s grace protecting you from those things. But you also don’t want to glorify sin in your life. If God brought you out of a life similar to my friend, God’s grace saved you out of those things. Our story should not be focused on us, but on Jesus. Paul said, “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 6:14, HCSB). Your story should always go back to His story; the story of redemption, grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness that comes only through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So share your story about what Jesus has done in your life. It is one of the most powerful and personal ways to tell others about Jesus.
I would love to hear your story. Please share it with me in the comments below.