Write down for the coming generation what the LORD has done. So that people not yet born will praise him. (Ps. 102:18 GNT)
What has the Lord done for you? Do you have stories about God’s intervention?
God expressed His love to humanity with the gift of His Son, Jesus.
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. (John 3:16 MSG)
Have you ever considered how much God loves you? I never really did, until the birth of my only son, Adam. I cannot fathom the love that it takes to sacrifice your only son, so that others might live. I’m sure many parents of soldiers come close to knowing how that feels, and I love to read their inspiring stories.
Someone once challenged me to ask God to show me how much He loved me. I believe God can speak to us. He speaks to me every day—through His Word, prayer, worship, people, and His beautiful creation. But I had never asked God how much He loved me.
So, I shut my eyes in prayer and asked, Lord, how much do you love me?
The answer I received still seems too intimate to share, for fear of being misunderstood and judged. I did not hear an audible voice. I just caught a little glimpse of Heaven, where God promises,
He will wipe every tear from (my) eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things (would be) gone forever. (Rev. 21:4 NLT)
When I faced the death of both of my parents, this vision of heaven brought comfort to my grieving heart.
I challenge you to ask the Lord that same question, Lord, how much do you love me?
Then, listen quietly. And be sure to write down your story.
God told His Story to the world when He sent His Son—the Word of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:14 NIV)
Jesus told His stories (or parables) to teach us “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 13:6).
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. (Luke 18:1 MSG)
Is there a biblical mandate for sharing our stories, especially our faith events?
In Acts 1:8, we read this charge from Christ to His followers,
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. (NLT)
What stories are you telling about your life? Or rather … what stories are you not telling? What about your faith stories? Who can write them, but you?
I hope you will consider writing down some of your faith stories as you celebrate Christmas this year.
What faith stories have you written down? I hope you’ll share one of your stories in the comment space below.