Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.
(Psalm 145:4, NLT)
Everyone has stories in this lifetime. Some of these stories are significant phases that have shaped and defined one’s life.
I remember sitting with my late grandma every morning over a cup of hot chocolate, and she told me stories of the village I lived in; the Japanese occupation era which she suffered through. It was fascinating to hear even though it didn’t make much sense to a five-year-old. Now, as I recollect those memories, I came to understand what she and her family went through. Also, these stories help me learn more about her as a strong-spirited woman.
Today, as a father of three teen-children, I have stories of faith to share with them. Starting from the way Jesus came into my life, saving me from depression and suicide, to miraculous financial provisions. I remember as if it had happened yesterday that easily a dozen of fifty dollar notes appeared under my car. To my amazement, I picked up all-in-all six hundred dollars. There are plenty more of divine financial provision stories.
Another more recent story which I shared in the previous post is, the divine intervention of obtaining a permanent resident visa in Melbourne. Within five months since we applied, the confirmation came through. Our local friends were utterly amazed because such a thing seldom happened. Even the migration lawyer was caught by surprise, and he said, “This is nothing short of a miracle!”
All these stories of faith need to be passed down from generation to generations. They could achieve several things when it is done right. Here are a few things I’ve noticed about passing down stories of faith:
- They help to strengthen the faith and inspire listeners
- They help to connect generations
- They breakdown invisible barriers
- They instil moral values and characters to the listeners
- They impart spiritual qualities to the listeners
In closing, the world around us and people directly connected to us need to hear stories of faith. We got a job to do. Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be exciting and fun through the art of storytelling. The more we tell our stories of faith, the more it inspires us to want more of Him. Passing down stories of hope about Jesus was also one of the first methods of unintentional evangelism. It works then, and it is working now!
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35
Let us pray
Dearest Holy Spirit, may Your grace and power be upon us as we learn to pass down stories of faith to people around us. We need a demonstration of power, signs and wonders of drawing the attention of men to You. Jesus preached and taught under great power, and these manifestations convicted the unbelieving hearts. We pray for divine conviction upon our listeners. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!