Day 7 p. 64-75
This portion of Scripture is jam-packed with poignant moments in the life of the early church. From the stoning of Stephen to Saul’s conversion, Peter’s miraculous escape from prison to Herod’s death, we see God’s hand at work. We are still retelling these stories today. Why? Because stories are important, our stories are important. Stories are what was used to spread the Gospel and grow the early church. In Acts 10:39-43, Peter is testifying about being a witness to “everything He (Jesus) did." Peter then shares how Jesus was killed and how God raised Him from the dead. The sharing of Jesus’ story brought about the conversion of “all who heard the message.”
We should not discount how God will use our story when we share how it is intertwined with Jesus. People are hungry for stories of changed lives, lives being lived with a purpose. I attend Celebrate Recovery and have had the opportunity to share my story with Christians and non-Christians alike. It is not always easy to share the unsavory parts of our story, but it is in the humility of our honesty that people see how God has redeemed us.
I would imagine if Paul were to introduce himself at a Celebrate Recovery meeting it would create a few gasps in the crowd. “Hi, I’m Paul, I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. I used to be called Saul and I am a sinner who used to kill Christians.” The rest of his story would be about the redeeming power of God to change him into a Christ-loving, Gospel spreading Christian. In Acts 9:21, we are told when Paul began his speaking ministry that “all were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this (Jesus) name?”” It makes for a pretty powerful story doesn’t it? We just have to be willing to tell our story so that God is glorified. May we continue to tell about Jesus and how His story intersected with ours so that according to Acts 12:24 …”the word of God [will] continue to spread and flourish."
About The Author
Susan Roberts is the receptionist at Oakland Heights Baptist Church and serves as a Ministry Assistant to both the Children and Youth departments. She enjoys serving in leadership with Celebrate Recovery and also enjoys mission work. Last year she had the privilege of serving in Haiti with a school, and in Utah with a church that ministers to those coming out of the Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has two grown daughters and three grandchildren.