What’s Your Story?

  This month we are highlighting opportunities to serve the Lord in each of our strategic mapping points, beginning this weekend with “Tell”. We are all called to be messengers, conveying what we have seen, heard and experienced in our relationship with God.
                                                                                                                                                              As Jesus was about to return to the Father’s realm, He gave these final instructions to the disciples…Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:6-9 (NIV)

They were to give testimony of Jesus’ life—His teachings, deeds, rejection, death, burial and resurrection. They knew His earthly mother, Mary and the account of His miraculous birth. They had seen Him turn water into wine, multiply loaves and fish, restore health to the broken, raise the dead, and calm ferocious storms. He had turned fishermen into fishers of men, an immoral Samaritan woman into an evangelist, a tax collector into a theological historian, and a chronic skeptic named Thomas into a stalwart believer.

But Jesus’ story of transforming people was just beginning and it continues to grow every moment. He is continually working! He is the Chief Shepherd, caring for the church—His body. He leads and guides it, nourishes, and empowers it through the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He brings hope, restores broken lives and relationships, inspires purpose and meaning into everyday life, and releases people from burdens of guilt. It sounds a bit like our vision statement!

“CrossRoads, a place of joy, discovery, hope, and healing where God is writing His story of transforming grace on the hearts of people, and through them, on our community and the world.”

Your life is a product of His creativity and you’re a cherished object of His affection. As He writes that story in us and through us, we are called on to communicate our experience with Him to others around us—verbally and non-verbally. Has your experienced His forgiveness? Others are feeling unforgiven. Does He bring you joy? Others are drowning in sorrow. He calls us to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Rom. 12:15). Have you experienced healing—physically, emotionally, and relationally? Others are hurting. Have you recognized the many blessings He has given you? Others are deceived into thinking that they have generated it all themselves or are unfairly impoverished. Do you have a sense of calling and purpose from the Lord? Others are confused and aimless.

One of the ways God brings good out of bad situations is by redeeming them and then allowing our story to help others. Our experiences with Jesus are not just a gift, they are a trust. He has invested blessings in us. We have the opportunity to give Him return on His investment as we simply tell of His blessings.

Do you have as story to tell? I encourage you to ask God to give you an opportunity to tell it.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

 

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