Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story – those God redeemed from the hand of the foe, those God gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
- Psalm 107:2
This past Sunday in our Confirmation class I asked our young people what the “gospel” is. After some blank stares and long moments of silence, I explained that it is the Good News that Jesus comes here to teach us about how to live our lives so people can know God alive and at work in the world.
That gospel was often shared through the power of Story. Jesus was phenomenally talented at telling stories to illustrate how the Kingdom of God works and how we should be living our lives in order to make it manifest.
There are also the stories of the lives of those who were touched by Jesus, those who lived and learned with him, those who mourned his death and those who experienced him as alive again. Indeed, our scripture is full of all manner of stories from Genesis to Revelation that have something to say to us.
Likewise, we have our own story to tell. The unfolding of our lives is an ongoing narrative about who we are, and how we live out the gospel in the ways we discern we are gifted and equipped to do so. Which means, there’s LOTS of different stories out there since we are such a diverse rainbow of peoples. Just think of how many stories we have in our church family when you put them all together!
So now I’ll ask all of you: what’s your story, and how are you living out your gospel?
God Of History, thank you for making us part of Your story. May we write our chapters well.