You Have A Story To Tell

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

1 Peter 2:9

Everyone loves a good love story. Because you have read the Bible you know it’s a story about God’s redemption from the beginning in the book of Genesis to the very end of the book of Revelation. God in Christ Jesus redeeming people and restoring them back to a relationship with Himself that was lost in the Garden of Eden. When God saved your life and mine He did so to show us off as a trophy’s of His grace for the world to see and that means you have a story to tell. Your story is God’s redemption story. No matter what you have done in the past it has no bearing on what God can do in the future. God redeems our story by placing us with others who need to hear about our past so it doesn’t become their future. Failure doesn’t have to be final if we allow God to redeem it and use it to reach others.  

Don’t allow your past or pride to get in the way of God’s grace. We must not forget people might appreciate our accomplishments in life but they relate to us because of our failures. What makes us relatable to others most often is our humanity and not our perceived perfection so don’t block the view. God loves us, warts and all. When we humble ourselves before one another and share the areas of our lives where we have needed and experienced God’s redemption the most, that gives people hope. In short, this is where our story becomes His story, where we can point people to the love and forgiveness of God and His desire for a relationship with them too. We must never forget, “where sin abounds, grace does all the more!” No matter how ugly our past may be, God’s grace and His mercy are bigger.

Here’s the point, most people who have yet to come to saving faith in God most likely believe at this moment in time that they are beyond God’s reach, that they have failed one too many times. They get it, their sin has separated them from God (and they know it and feel it too) but what they don’t know is they are not beyond the reach of God. Isaiah was right when he declared, “Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak (short) to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call” (Isaiah 59:1). We are proof!

Each time we are willing to humble ourselves and share how Jesus saved us those who are listening are left thinking, “If God could save them maybe God could save me too!” That’s exactly what we want them to think. Jesus came to save sinners. Perfect people don’t need the Lord. I need Jesus, and so do you! I’m pretty certain many people you will be around today are in need of Jesus too. Remember, you are a trophy of God’s grace and you have a story to tell.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek”

Romans 1:16


Michael Osthimer




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