a story to proclaim

by Pastor Mark Jordan

This saying is reliable and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I’m the biggest sinner of all. But this is why I was shown mercy, so that Christ Jesus could show his endless patience to me first of all. So I’m an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:15-16, CEB)

You have a story to tell. Elements of tragedy and triumph shape that story, culminating in the eternal hope that God has for you in Jesus Christ. And that is the climax, isn’t it? Jesus.

I love how the Apostle Paul writes emphatically that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Then Paul appears to turn the focus on himself by saying he is the worst sinner of all. In the King James Version, the translation reads that Paul called himself the chief of all sinners. I love that, and identify with it myself. But is that the ultimate point Paul was making? Nope, not at all. Paul uses his story to point to the hero of God’s story…Jesus!

Paul’s point is that if Jesus can show mercy toward him, Jesus can be merciful toward anyone. This makes his story not about himself, but about Jesus. This means that your story becomes God’s story, and God’s story must be proclaimed!

God shows us all mercy. Let His story be your story, so your story becomes His story! This isn’t just history, but your story this very day into eternity. Proclaim it!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for allowing your my story to be your story. Forgive me for the times when I think it’s all about me, and help me to proclaim your story in all I say and do. I ask this in the name of mercy, Jesus Christ. Amen.