Story telling

June 6, 2013

My friend Nick loves a good story. He is actually a great story teller himself. He tweeted this statement awhile back and it got me thinking, “Rarely does someone hear a story and retell it well, the best story teller wins”

On further discussion he said that the best story teller is the one who experiences the story.

The reality is that we all have experienced story. We all started somewhere, got busy growing, made a few friends, maybe had some life changing experiences, and we will all meet the end eventually.

In all that living, we tell a story.

We are all apart of the big story. Somehow connected with each other for some reason. We are not just connected with each other but also to the earth, to the dirt, the water, and the air.

We are such physical people living in a very physical world. The Gospel is just as physical and when we first encounter the death and resurrection of Christ many of us have a whole body response in reaction.

We are not the first people to experience the Gospel as something tangible and as something real.

In the letter of 1 John the author demonstrates their perspective of the living story we all are about of, they write,

“The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete. This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.”

This community did not only receive the story of Jesus but actually experienced the story first hand through their own life transformation.

When we call ourselves Christian we are choosing to own that the Gospel is alive and has transformed our own lives. That the man we call Christ did truly die and rise and through the Holy Spirit has put his signature on our lives.

Whatever our story holds, when we choose to buy into the Gospel we are handing the tale of our lives over to Someone else.

And when we tell our stories to each other, and live our stories with other people we are expressing the life of the Gospel we have seen, heard, touch, and know.

That is why silly generalities or sweeping theological statements often contradict the Holy Spirit and the living Gospel.

People, life, stories are full of error, mud, holes, and misunderstandings.

But Christ, is in all of the story and the love that he offers transcends all understanding and misunderstanding.


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