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Telling Your Story

The main story in Acts 7 is  the stoning of Stephen. He was a faithful servant of the church who had a short  but significant run of influence. His eloquent and straightforward presentation of the gospel led threatened people to take his life by heaping rocks on him.  His speech was one of the most remarkable speeches ever delivered and there is much for us to learn about life, leadership, and communication. Today I was reminded about the basics of sharing our stories with other people.
First  of all, let me emphasize that each of us has a story to tell. You are a unique  individual and God has worked uniquely in your life. When you tell your story,  others get a unique perspective on how the truths of God’s word apply to life. Your story, however, has a lot of details that are just details. In the midst of his presentation, Stephen told the story of Moses. The story covers 120 years of history and would have been very boring if he tried to cover all the details. The recounting is a good example to all of us of the elements of a compelling story.
Talk about moments of Growth: There are noteworthy moments in all of our lives when life-changing truths came into focus. In the life of Moses, they included:

  • For three months he was cared for by his family. (v. 20)
  • Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (v. 22)

Talk about moments of Spiritual Clarity: There are also moments in our lives when the spiritual side of life becomes clear. These include the time in your life when you realized your need for a Savior and trusted in Christ for your salvation, times when you gained insight into your God-given purpose, and times when the direction of your life changed by circumstances out of your control. For Moses, these included:

  • When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.(v. 23)
  • Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. (v. 25)
  • Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. (v. 28-29)
  • After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. (v. 30)
  • “. . . he was amazed at the sight . . . he heard the Lord say: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob . . . Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’” (v. 31-34)

Talk about moments of God’s Intervention: Real life is a partnership between God and us. We are called to do our part but there is much of life that is beyond our abilities. God is an active partner and the miraculous steps of grace He takes on our behalf deserves to be reported. In Moses’ experience these include:

  • “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself . . .” (v. 35)
  • “He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.” (v. 36)
  • “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ . . . and he received living words to pass on to us.” (v. 37-38)

As you tell your story may others remember that they also have had moments of growth, spiritual clarity and miraculous intervention that bring glory to God and hope to others.

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