What are your God stories?
After my message on Sunday where I spoke on creating Christ-centred homes, I received a number of emails and Facebook messages from church members who have been challenged to look at their lives, lives filled with stories of addictions, worldly pursuits and selfish goals and not many God stories.
We all have lots of stories to share but many of these stories lack God in them. They are stories from parts of our life where God does not have control over. By shutting God out of those areas, we are closing the door on God’s grace thus leaving us unchanged. If we are to have God stories, we must let God into every area of our lives.
Part of being a follower of Christ is becoming more aware of God in every aspect of life. There are moments in our life where God is wanting to break in and mould us like clay on a potter’s wheel. God wants us to experience His grace daily through times of joy and sorrow, of victories and defeats. By taking time to reflect on these ‘God moments’ we will open ourselves up to God’s grace, thus creating ‘God stories’ for us to share.
Psalm 107: 2 says “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story”. People may doubt the claims of the Gospel but they cannot deny its impact in your life. If we as Christ followers let God into our life situations and be open to His leading in those situations, we will discover God’s grace at work. Our life situations become the God stories in our life.
The best illustration of the gospel at work is the God stories in your life. People get a glimpse of God, not in our perfection but in our weaknesses where God’s grace is our source of strength. It’s when we allow God into our failures, sorrows, hopes, and disappointments that He writes His stories of grace in and through us.
As you enter into 2014, my prayer is that God will write many stories of grace for you to share with others. God bless you and may you have a grace-filled adventure in 2014.