When have you started a project that sat around unfinished calling to be completed? It called until its voice became deaf to your ears. Then one day it struck the right chord. That’s what happened to me last week.
Back in 2018 I began a series of blogs showing Christ in each book of the Bible. It’s time to return.
Returning to this series is more than a project. It’s a desire to introduce Jesus to those who do not know Him, and to encourage in faith those who do. Two verses prodded me in this direction.
The first one:
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee,
because thou hast left thy first love.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent,
and do the first works…”
During my journey with Mom through dementia, the Lord took me on a journey through suffering. On this road He revealed his love in greater depths. As I grew and am growing in love for Him, so am I in my love for others and the story God has given me to tell.
This story, isn’t my story but God’s. God’s story of the love He has for all people. He unfolds it in His word but many still have not heard or read it. Others have heard but refuse its truth. A few have heard and hold it dear. The last ones He has given His story to tell.
“Go ye into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The words of the story:
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
“For I delivered unto you
first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…
he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…”
1 Corinthians 15:3,4,6.
It’s the same story for each of us but how we tell it differs. The Lord wants the song, “I Love to Tell the Story,” to be my theme song. Excitement grows in my spirit each time the opportunity arises. But of late, I have lost some of the excitement for telling it to adults. Do they really want to hear? The loss lulled me to indifference, except for telling it to the children.
Children love to hear the story and are so ready to receive it. May we all become as little children.
The second verse:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:”
1 Peter 3:15.
Every person, not just the children need to hear the story, “the story of Jesus and his love.”
People without the Lord wander the earth without real purpose or hope. Depression, crime, hatred, chaos describe the lives of the many. They are a people without hope. We, the followers of Jesus, have a sure and everlasting hope. We have and know what others are seeking in all the wrong places. If we haven’t already, it is time to leave the Master’s table and return to the fields.
“Say not ye,
There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?
Behold, I say unto you,
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields:
for they are white already to harvest.”
I’m looking forward to returning to this series of Christ in each book. I hope you will join me for it. In my next post I’m thinking to give a synopsis of the blogs from Genesis to Esther, or I may divide it into two. What do you think?
My desire is to start with Job next week. I’m planning some changes in my approach but the story of Jesus will stay the same. For He is,
“the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
What advice would you give a new believer in sharing the gospel with his/her unsaved friends?
What story of Jesus do you enjoy hearing or telling the most?