August 9, 2012 by Will Ray
This post is in the spirit of Josh Griffin’s “series arcs” – a summary of a youth series – on the blog More Than Dodgeball, a website dedicated to youth ministry.
This year has been a great year for our youth ministry, but I think one of the most significant series we’ve done has got to be STORIES (idea also picked up from MTDB.com). We took a good four or five weeks this spring to just stop teaching and hear from students and leaders about their story – their story of faith, the journey that God has taken them on.
This helped remind me how important and powerful our stories of faith – and God’s faithfulness to us – really are. We need to constantly and consistently be sharing our story of God’s faithfulness to us and our journey. I love how Elevation Church has an “Amen Corner” on their website: a page dedicated to letting people share their story with the greater church body. This becomes an ever-expanding record of God’s faithfulness.
There’s probably more, but I thought of four reasons why you should share your story, which I shared with our group and submit to you now:
1) It helps us – all of us – overcome.
Revelation 12:11a says “They (the people of God) triumphed over [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the the word of their testimony.” (emphasis added) Our testimony, our story, of what the Lord has done for us helps us overcome the work of evil in the earth. Remembering our story and sharing us helps us and others triumph in our faith journeys.
2) It gives God the credit for what He’s done.
Don’t ungrateful people just bother you? You do something nice for someone and they don’t even acknowledge it, or thank you for it? Even worse I think is when someone receives a compliment on a gift they’ve been given and fails to mention the giver. We shouldn’t give gifts for credit and recognition, but it’s nice for people to show gratitude.
I think God finds himself in this position a lot. He does some amazing things for us, and we say “thanks God” while on the run but don’t share it with other people or use the gift He’s given us to shine light on Him. Sharing our story helps us do that. It says, “This part of my life is awesome because it comes from God, and He is awesome.”
3) It’s Irrefutable
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle to give a really great defense of my faith against atheists or academics who don’t believe in a God, and can “prove it” logically. They can say this and that, and argue all they want, but one thing they can’t speak against is what I’ve experienced. No one can tell you (reasonably) that your life experience isn’t true, because they didn’t experience it – you did.
4) Sharing it makes it real for you
When you share your story, something that may have happened on the inside in your heart and mind takes on a more “tangible” quality that wasn’t there before. Doubts can easily come up in your mind about your experience being real, or it really being from God. Sharing your story helps solidify it as a real experience, not just something imagined.
I hope these reasons have convinced you to share your story! It’s a vitally important part of Christian community and I don’t think we do it enough. So go, do it! Tell someone! I leave you with Psalm 107:2 – “Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.”
Question: What’s something awesome that God has done for you?