by STEVE DUNN
We call it history.
We study it to celebrate what has happened in the past or to learn from it for the future.
For a Christian, history is HISstory. The entire record of human events is really played out against the backdrop of the story of what God is doing for humankind. It is the story of his love, his grace, his kingdom that is being established on earth as it is in heaven
As followers of Jesus Christ, we realize that we tell His story whenever we tell people of the story of God working in and through us. This is very important. People find it difficult to embrace the big picture, but they engage it best when they can relate to it on a more personal level. Your story is the entry point for your friends and neighbors to connect with God and His story–including the story He desires to write in their lives.
Your story is important. It is your story. No one really can argue with it. They may not accept the truth of the gospel, but it is difficult to discount your experience. Your story personalizes God’s story. It has the added benefit that people who find it difficult to relate to our Father in Heaven can connect with you (and God living through you) here on earth.
Could you tell your story clearly, briefly if someone asked you? Peter told us, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15a
Your story need not be elaborate. It need share every detail of your life. It need not focus on how you became a Christian. Simply answer three questions as you focus on your story.
1. Who were you before Christ?
2. What prompted you to give your life to him?
3. How is your life different now that he is living in and through you?
That story takes less than 5 minutes. Are you ready to share?