I love to tell the story
'twill be my theme in glory
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.
Last Sunday, our hymn of the day was "I Love to Tell the Story," a hymn that crosses denominational lines and is beloved by many people.
love to tell the story "of Jesus and his love"? When was the last time you had a conversation with another person about God, Jesus, and your faith?
As Christians, we are a story-telling people. God has given us the "greatest story ever told" in the person of Jesus Christ. God and Jesus cannot only be topics of conversation and points of formation within the four walls (literal or virtual) of our church if we expect to live into God's mission for us. God calls us to "go and make disciples" by carrying our faith into the world.
During this next year, we are going to take intentional steps to improve our communication ministry by becoming story-tellers in our homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods. When we tell a story that is remarkable, people will listen and want to be a part of it. Stories about what God is doing for me become stories about what God is doing through me and through us at Zion...and word travels and lives are changed.
Over the next week, I challenge you to tell the story of "where God is working in your life" to someone close to you. Part of that story could be an answer to prayer, the outcome of a particular problem or issue, or a person who has done something unexpected for you.
And, if you're so inclined, call me and tell me what it was like to tell your story. Be bold! Be creative! I look forward to hearing from you!
Until the Whole World Hears,
Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt