Your Story Matters

“…Think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are…” –I Corinthians 1:26-28

“I think I could do that much better, and most likely a lot quicker.”  Go ahead, admit it.  Those words have crossed your mind.  Whether we are in a work setting, at home, or with friends and family, we can easily think that we have a better way at accomplishing whatever task is before us.  We may never admit it, but those thoughts have occurred to us many times.  And I have to admit, sometimes I have been guilty of thinking those thoughts in relation to my walk with God.  You too?  I thought so.

It doesn’t take a long time reading Scripture to realize that God’s ways are not the same as our ways (for starters, He says so in Isaiah 55:8-9).  He, the Creator of all, sees things through a different lens than you or I do.  What we might think is the right way to accomplish something is usually the direct opposite of the way God does it.  For example, if I were calling the shots, I think I’d use a world leader, a Rembrandt, a Grammy winner, and an Olympic champion to tell the story of Christ.  You know, those people who have the attention of the public.  But God sees it differently.  The problem here is that because we are not people with that type of influence on those around us, we think our story doesn’t matter.  Because we don’t carry the swagger of those in the limelight, we believe the lie that who we are and what we believe has little influence on those who need to hear it.

In the verses above, the apostle Paul gives us a beautiful picture of God’s belief in us.  In His realm, we matter.  And my story will have influence on those around me, because it’s not the story of me, it’s the story of Him, the King of Kings.  Most likely, neither you nor I will ever have the influence of a president, a king, or even a Billy Graham.  But the thing that matters is that we have a story that needs to be heard.  It’s the story of our faith.  It’s the story of how an all-knowing, all-loving, creator God stepped out of heaven to come to earth and provide redemption for fallen mankind, and that includes me.  And you too.

So go ahead and let the world know your story of faith.  In God’s eyes, it matters.  It counts.  Because your faith story is not about you, it’s about Him. 

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About the Author

Bruce has served in full-time ministry for over 25 years and has served as chaplain at the YMCA at Pabst Farms since August, 2006. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he served as Associate Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at Alpha Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee as well as Minister of Activities and Recreation. .. Read More »


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