Compelled to Tell
I recently read a blog post from a ministry friend. Her post was the catalyst for my thoughts. Her basic question was, “What story gets our attention?” citing the recent headline news of the Royal Wedding and Terrorist’s Death. While I made impromptu plans to make sure the “princesses” in my life watched the royal wedding, and while I surprisingly was not one of the last people on earth to know about bin Laden’s death, the story that bears telling and re-telling and re-telling is the story of Jesus, the story of amazing love.
I find myself telling and telling and re-telling this story over and over again, not because I am Director of Women’s Ministries but because I love the story. I can’t help it. I have to tell. When my girls beg me to tell them a story, my automatic fallback is the story of Jesus. What our God of the Bible has done is a regular visitor for bedtime stories. One of my girls will come to me and confess that she has done something wrong. I tell her the story. I’m in conversation with my friends, and I have to tell the story. I don’t tell it the same way every single time, but I nearly always come to this point.
This is why Jesus had to be born, live, die and be raised again: so that you might find forgiveness, and freedom, and life.
The story of God, found in the Bible, can be summarized as follows: We have all worked for, earned, and deserve death because of the wrong that we commit or the right that we omit. But God loves us. He wants to give us the gift of His Son Jesus Christ so that we might have eternal life with Him in heaven.
Sometimes I tell the story. Sometimes I live the story. Sometimes I pop in a video. But I tell the story. I tell the story of Old Testament heroes and New Testament saints. I tell the stories of missionaries of the past. And I try so much to tell how God has moved in the lives of His people. God’s redemptive story isn’t finished yet. So whether you are rejoicing in a recent wedding or coping with grief over the loss of a loved one, my prayer for you is this, Ephesians 3: 16-19:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
When the world began and the first man disobeyed God, a world full of curses erupted. At that moment, amid the curses, God made a promise, and at the proper time, God sent Jesus to this planet. Jesus lived a perfect life, and that’s why He could carry our imperfection to hell and back through the cross.
by Heather Soukup, Director of Women’s Ministries