One of my favorite hymns is “I Love to Tell the Story.”
The second stanza is
I love to tell the story: How pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it,
More wonderfully sweet!
I love to tell the story, For some have never heard
The message of salvation
From God’s own Holy Word.”
In Acts 10:34-43, Peter tells Jesus’ story to Cornelius and his household with a similar joy. Peter is delighted to tell them about Jesus Christ and is amazed at how open and receptive they are. Too often in our culture we have this perception that bearing witness to Jesus Christ is stressful and difficult. Peter demonstrates that as we follow the Spirit’s prompting, it can be a joyous, amazing event that the Spirit can bless.
Tomorrow I am preaching on another story-teller, the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). Her encounter with Jesus leads to her spontaneous testimony about Jesus to others in her village. It is as if a well of joy and excitement has bubbled up inside her. She is the one of the first evangelist or story tellers in the Gospel of John. She loves to tell the story!
My prayer today is simple:
Lord Jesus, grant me the joyous opportunity to bear witness to your life story. Your life has changed my life in so many ways; may I bear witness to you today in some special way. Amen.
What story in scripture excites you?