While checking out of a local store, I asked the cashier if she had a story for me. The person said, ?No, not today, do you have a story?? I said, ?I always have a story.?
The incident played over in my mind all the way home as I drove. Every follower of Christ has a story to tell; not just any story to tell but The Story. We call it the gospel Story.
The Apostle Paul talks about sharing the gospel to the point of being in chains. ?Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.? (Philippians 1:12).
What we may have considered to be a bad situation, Paul was sold out to sharing the message in every opportunity courageously and fearlessly. We may all be limited one way or another, whether we have a physical problem or our environment may not be the most wanted. But we who follow Jesus all have His story to tell.
I once heard a message by a young man who had a speaking limitation. His challenge to people was ?I have Cerebral Palsy what?s your problem?? He spoke slowly and effectively. This message challenged me to the heart upon the urgency to advance the gospel.
Philippians 1:15-16 ?It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.?
Paul preferred the message shared in love, but most importantly, Christ is shared. Take every opportunity to talk to people.
The other day a schoolmate of my daughter was writing on Facebook seeking conversation and guidance about the truth of Jesus. These are the golden moments given to us.
The opportunities are all around us if we are seeking them; We can and should share lovingly.
?He was, at Rome, a prisoner under military custody, chained by the arm both night and day to one of the Praetorian Guard. What passion for souls burned like a pent-up fire in his bones when he not only turned his lodging into a sanctuary, ?receiving all who came to him,? but actually used his close contact with these soldiers as a means of extending his acquaintance and influence. With these sentries he spoke of the great salvation, until, as they relieved each other, he was brought into contact with the whole body guard unit in turn; and this is doubtless what he means when in Philippians 1:13, he says that his bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole of the Palace Guard. Grand man! The clank of whose chain, like the pomegranates and bells on the high priest?s robe, were vocal with the music of the Gospel?s message. Who could not be kept from witnessing to Christ and winning souls even by present fetters and prospective martyrdom.? (Heart Warming Bible Illustrations 1998).
So tell your story about what Christ has done in your life.