I was riding down the road the other day, jamming to Big Daddy Weave's song My Story. As I was driving the words of the song began to resonate in my heart and mind; then the Lord began to speak to me. The song goes:
If I should speak then let it be
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him.
My question to you today is Does your story tell of Him? If you were to die tonight and someone began to write the biography of your life, would there be any mention of Jesus' name other than in passing, other than saying he/she attended such and such church. While attending a service is good, your relationship with Christ is what I am interested in hearing about. If the biographer did not know who you were and began to ask your friends and family about you, what would they say? Would they talk about your love for the Lord and your service to Him? Would they speak of the great times they had ministering with you? Would they began to tell story after story about the love of Christ you exemplified everyday? Or would your story even mention His name? Or would you friends and family say yeah he went to church but they certainly didn't live it? How often would they say that you talked about Jesus? How often would they say that they saw you reading your Bible. Would they know what your favorite passage of scripture was, or maybe what your life verse was?
In Acts 26 Paul is talking to King Agrippa about Jesus, and King Agrippa tells Paul that he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. 29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.” Paul told his story, he told Agrippa of the things he had seen and heard and almost persuaded Agrippa. If you could ask Paul's friends about him, I guarantee they would say he loved and served the Lord.
Jonathan Wallace told me that someone at Auburn told him; "You are the sum of your five closest friends." Jonathan added that those around you define who you are and what you believe in, WOW, what a powerful statement. Could someone look at your friends and know you love Jesus?
Really, the most important part of this arises when you stand before the throne room of God, listening for the words "well done my good and faithful servant, enter with me in glory." You see it goes much deeper than the legacy you leave on earth, the heart of the matter is this: lip service gets you nowhere in the kingdom of God. He knows our thoughts and intentions instead of simply seeing our actions. As you go about your day today, think about this song and ask yourself, "Can I truly sing this song to Christ and do my actions point people closer to Him?
Just Listening Out Loud!!!!