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December 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

What's Your Story?


I read a blog this week that I want to share with you. It is about telling your story or sharing your testimony. It makes some good points and I believe it is timely during the holiday season. While everyone is talking about baby Jesus, we have the opportunity to remind them that He grew up and sacrificed himself for them. Sharing your story is an easy and personal way for you to do that. The full blog can be found at http://thomrainer.com/2014/06/challenge-tell-story/

What’s your story?

That question is not an insignificant one. The Bible is filled with people who reached out to others simply by telling their story. Andrew told Peter he had met the Messiah (John 1:40-42), and Philip echoed a similar story to Nathaniel (John 1:43-45). The man born blind told all he could tell after meeting Jesus: “Once I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:24-25). The apostle Paul told his story more than once (Acts 22:1-21, 26:1-23).

Why is our story so important? First, everybody has one. Every follower of Christ has a story to tell that includes sinfulness, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Second, nobody needs special training to tell his or her story. Training can be helpful—for example, we can learn how to tell our story clearly and concisely in different circumstances – but we can tell our stories simply because they are ours. Third, our stories are evidences of grace. Some may seem more dramatic, but all are stories of grace-saturated life transformation.

Even the very ordinances Christ gave the church are designed to tell the story. Through believer’s baptism, we illustrate our trust in Christ’s death, our personal death to self, and our belief in resurrection and eternal life. When we observe the Lord’s Supper, we remember what Christ did for us, reflect on and renew our commitment to Him, and look forward to the day when He will come again. Our sharing in these events shows that the story has now become our story; the gospel has become intensely personal and real.

This holiday season, cease every opportunity to a to remind people why Jesus really is the reason for the season for you.  God has saved you in a special and unique way and He wants to use your story to do the same for someone else. 


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