We tell all sorts of stories. We tell stories for humor. We tell stories of sadness. We tell stories of heroism. We tell stories we have directly experienced. We tell stories we’ve heard others tell. We love to tell stories. But, for Christians, we must evaluate, “Do I love to tell the story?”
What is the story?
It is the story of the Gospel. It is good news. In fact, it is the greatest news that mankind has ever heard! It is the story of the loving and merciful God who sacrificed to save the whole world from sin. It is summarized by the familiar words of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Not only is this a story of God’s love for the whole world, giving the world the opportunity to be saved; it is a personal story. It is the story of your own helplessness, being lost in your sin and unable to save yourself (Rom. 6:23). It is a story of hope through the Savior (Jesus Christ) sent by God. It is the story of your own conviction in God and in His message that has led you to be obedient to Him (Jas. 2:14-26), being crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). It is the message of your spiritual re-birth through the waters of baptism (John 3:3-5; Mark 16:16; Rom. 6:3-4), being forgiven of your sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). It is the message of your transformation into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 3:1-17) – from a man/woman of sin to a child of God striving for holiness (1 Pet. 1:15-16). It is the message of an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and that does not fade away – reserved in Heaven for you (1 Pet. 1:3-9).
Why should you love to tell it?
This story is clearly the greatest story you can tell! No story of heroism can ever compare with the story we’ve just considered! Nothing has ever been so powerful, so transformative, or so able to inspire true hope!
It is the story that has led individuals to give up their earthly possessions. It has led others to forsake their families in order to serve the Lord. It has led to self-denial when earthly pleasures were available. It has led some to sacrifice their own lives in martyrdom when they could have easily denied the story.
Think about it with me. There is no story that compares to the one that you know – and know well. But, others need to hear it. If you knew of any other story that was so transformative and powerful – and knew that others needed to hear that message – would you be hesitant to tell it? Why, then, will you refuse to tell the greatest story the world has ever known?
Do you tell it?
How often to you tell this story? Do you allow days, weeks, or even months to pass without telling this story to even one person? Consider what it says about Christians if those who know the story best refuse to tell it to others.
Are you ashamed? Are you fearful? Are you uncertain? Just why is it that you do not tell the story (and love to tell the story) – if indeed you do not tell it?
Will you tell it today?
So, when will you tell the story to others? Will you tell it next week? Maybe. Will you tell it tomorrow? Perhaps. But, why not tell it today? Why not lift your eyes and notice the fields that are white and ready for harvest (John 4:35)? Why not find someone who needs to hear the message today? After all, tomorrow may be too late (Jas. 4:13-16).
Do you love to tell the story? It is a great story, indeed. But, if you fail to tell the story, can you really say that you love to tell the story? And, if you fail to tell the story, can you really even say that you love the story? Notice what folks did who loved to tell the story (read Acts 5:42 and Acts 8:4)!