Relatable Redemption

Each of the Bible stories is a gift presenting us with hope, victories in the most challenging scenarios. Stories that challenge our way of thinking, stories that speak about God's goodness, and the judgment of God. Stories that challenge the way we view the world and how to treat others, but one fantastic thing about all the stories is that they involve people—some at their best and others at their worst. The most important story of all is the redemptive power of Jesus Christ and the offer of salvation. The word of God is more than just stories at its core. The words in the bible are life-changing, and yet God chose stories. Someone once told me that it was not biblical when people shared their stories to help others; this statement did not sit well with me. Their viewpoint was that Christ should be the only focus, and I agree that Christ is the main focus, and yet he died for all of us. The bible is a collection of stories. For example, the stories about Adam and Eve, Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Elijah, Matthew, Paul, Peter, Timothy, Ruth, Boaz, Mary, Jesus, and the list goes on. Why did Jesus ensure that details like Matthew was a tax collector, or Peter was a fisherman if they were not significant? I firmly believe that each of our stories matter and each of our stories can help to invoke change in others.

People desperately want to see that salvation is possible from where they are. I believe some people feel so far removed from religion. They do not see where they fit in, they want to know that God loves them, and He can save them. And that is where our stories come in to play. We have so many hurting people sitting in religious organizations and others that have given up on religion and Christ altogether, all because they are waiting to hear a lifesaving relatable story of redemption. God does not believe in stagnation. He is ever-evolving; this is evident by human growth. We do not stay babies forever. Our place on earth is not to stand still and hold on. It is to share. Where would we be as believers without 1 Timothy 1: 12-14, "I thank Christ Jesus for our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.' Christ is the focus of all stories; in fact, Christ is the story. I desire to be my sister's keeper. I want to hear her story and share mine so that we can both say to the next sister what Paul said. 'I thank Christ Jesus, our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service." I encourage you to share your stories today and change a life tell someone about Christ's redemptive power through your story. Live out Mark 16: 15 "He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation"

Suggestive Reading the book of Act

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