But in your hearts revere 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. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16
Stories are huge when it comes to our faith. They have a way of capturing our attention. Think about it, everyone loves a good story – they inspire, they give hope, they speak of redemption. Every story is a good story if the Gospel is a part of it. This includes your story.
Sadly, some of you doubt that last statement is true. In your eyes, your story is too mundane and run of the mill. Nothing exciting happened. You’ve always “been a Christian,” grew up in the church and had no moments of rebellion. And because of this you think God can’t use your story. Or, perhaps you are on the other end of the spectrum. There are numerous parts of your story that include things you are embarrassed about. Just thinking about sharing your story with others makes you cringe. The shame you feel overwhelms any desire you have to let God use your story to impact others.
Regardless of where you find yourself, you shy away from telling your story. So, we’ll say it again: your story is a good story if the Gospel is a part of it. If you don’t believe your story is a good story, then you won’t tell it, and it’s so important that we share our stories. As you understand your story within God’s story, when you share your life you share God’s story.
Now, stop for a second and ponder: what would it look like to appreciate the story God is telling through your life? God is in control and He’s preparing you for something. He’s using your circumstances and experiences to make His name known. If you think your story is mundane, learn to appreciate what God has protected you from. Maybe your story includes a difficult and chaotic past. Wrestle through your past with God, allow Him to heal you and get to a place where you can appreciate what you’ve learned as a way to walk with others through similar things.
We’re called to share our story, not deliver a sales pitch. Talking about the Gospel isn’t laying out a marketing scheme aimed to get individuals to sign their name on the dotted line. People aren’t projects so we can’t treat them as one. The relationships we have with others shouldn’t have an agenda. Our responsibility is to help and love others, not fix them.
We are to plant the seeds and trust God with the work. Our responsibility is to love God and love people. The kind of love that we encountered is a love that transforms. The same unconditional love that has transformed our lives we have to pass on to those around us. Impact is about our life connecting with someone else’s.
This begins by expressing what He has done in our own lives and pointing to the hope that we have found in Christ. People should look at our lives and wonder why we are hopeful. True change causes people to take notice of God working in our life. The message that speaks volumes to family and friends is our life impacted by God’s love. When we share our story, people can relate to us, our story, and the God we serve.
- Who needs to hear your story? Who are you investing in? Why does this person come to mind?
- What makes you hesitate in sharing the Gospel, as well as your story, with others? What fuels this apprehension?
God, help me to see the story You are telling with my life as important. My hope is that when people see me, they see You in my words and actions. Help me to invest, care and love those around me without condition. Let me love them regardless of their response. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.