As a Christian it is our duty to share the good news with those around us. But to share that good news we first need to believe the story to be true for ourselves. We believe that gospel to be true and that Jesus Christ died for our sins. We also believe that we have a purpose in this life—and part of that purpose is to share the love of Jesus with everyone we encounter. Our own stories can bring the broken to the cross.
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As Jesus was getting into the boat, the demon-delivered man begged to go along, but he wouldn’t let him. Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” The man went back and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him. He was the talk of the town. | Mark 5:18-20 | The Message
GOD’S STORY THROUGH OUR STORIES
Often people have not thought through their story enough to be able to articulate it in a manner that conveys their need for rescue and forgiveness, through Jesus Christ. Instead, it either becomes a glorification of their former sin or a boastful tirade of who they have worked hard to become. Both instances are in error; they put us at the center of the story instead of God being the center. Our stories are a part of God’s bigger story.
Tips on how to share your story
Who were you before you met Jesus? For some, this is an easy question to answer; for others, it is a revealing question. Don’t try to make it more or less than it is, just be honest about who you were without Jesus.
How did you first hear of Jesus? Was it a family member, friend, pamphlet, etc.? What was your initial response? Did you believe the first time you heard?
What was your conversion like? Was it sudden, gradual, substantial, or simple? How did it feel? How was it applied (i.e., were there immediate changes, or gradual changes)?
What is the most important thing you have learned about Jesus since your conversion? This is important, and may not be only one thing, but it might be helpful to have one theme going throughout your story when you prepare to share it with others. Was he your Redeemer? If so, what did he redeem you from?
How has your view of yourself changed in view of your relationship with Jesus? What lies did you believe about yourself before you met Jesus? What truth has replaced those lies?
How does your story best point people to Jesus? Is it a story of a criminal being forgiven of a crime? Is it one who was dead because of their sin finding life? Is it a story about someone being lost, then being found? Sound familiar? There are stories like this all over the Bible. There are stories like this being written today. You are a part of God’s story!