It’s 2015 and after a crazy year I have decided to focus more on this blog and regularly updating it, in the hopes it can be an encouragement and resource to others.
One thing that has been on my heart for the past year is the idea of story. As fast as trends, technology and media types and formats change, one of the constants that seems to emerge from culture is the need and want for a good story. We immerse ourselves in TV and Movies to experience a wide range of emotion through connecting to the characters stories. We play video games, some of the most popular of which allow us to join in and be a part of another story. We read books, listen to music and even gather around the camp fire to hear stories. Stories tend to stitch themselves into our cultural fabric.
Where I have been most challenge with this idea of story is in my faith walk and our church culture especially when it comes to evangelism. Our Christian bookstores are riddled with “how to” books with step by step instructions on how to evangelize (not that I am looking to criticize any of the authors, who are much more gifted writers then I). There are courses, video series and conferences all devoted to how to share your faith and win the masses.
Where I have really been challenged is in the idea that our culture loves to hear a good story, the more personal the better. As followers of Jesus, we have the best story ever and it’s different for each one of us. The core Theology isn’t, God came down to earth as a baby, lived a perfect and sinless life. He grew and taught and eventually was crucified on the cross, a perfectly innocent man paying the ultimate price for our sin, taking our sin on himself and making a way that we could have a true relationship with God. That is the same for all of us who have Jesus living inside us.
What is different for each of us is how we met Jesus, how he made and makes a difference in our life where nothing else could. Where he was able to change us, when we could not change ourselves. I think Christ followers (myself include high on this list) could need to start being able to explain that their life is seldom easier since meeting Jesus, but how it is sooo much better and so worth it. I think if we spent time praying about and looking at our life as an unfolding story of Gods amazing grace and love, people will be drawn to that as we share our story.
There will always be people that want to debate Religion and Theology, and that has a good place to, but when trying to introduce people to Jesus it is tough to argue about someones story and their relationship. I think there is something about sharing your story that make you vulnerable and disarms the aggressions that can sometimes come in sharing your faith. It is just your story, it’s not an agenda or imposing your will on someone else. It’s not about you being “right” and someone else being “wrong”.
I think this is re-enforced to me by;
15 Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life.
Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
The Hope I have has been revealed to me in Christ Meeting me, changing me and never leaving me. This is a part of my story.
What’s your story?