Tell Your Story
By Steve Scroggs
And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Stories are powerful. They quickly engage people in non-threatening ways to open understanding, exam belief systems, and confront the prejudice that tops the human psyche. I experienced many heart and soul revisions because, through a story, I let my guard down. Tell your story.
It was late when the subway doors opened. A bewildered father with five loud adolescents took his seat next to the chrome stabilizer bar. With one hand on the pole, his head down and his shoulders slumped, he seemed detached from his boisterous children. He sat stunned as they disrupted the entire cabin. I tried to get his attention, a few times. I asked myself, how could a father be so thoughtless and insensitive?
When I finally caught his eye he half-whispered, Oh. … Oh, I am so sorry. Please excuse my children. We just came from the hospital. My wife, and their mother died about an hour ago, and I have been trying to find the words to tell them. We will be getting off soon. … Shocked, and mortified by my own judgment, I replied, I am so sorry for your loss. And I understand your dilemma. I will be praying for you. As this brokenhearted family walked off of the train, the parable opened my personal prejudice, and then exposed my need to demonstrate patient love.
Elohim is the most glorious of all stories, and He continues to unfold Himself in the eras, epochs, and times of all humanity. However, the story of the greatest storyteller did not start with man. His living interactive allegorical story began with the demonstration of infinite love, as the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world. He wove his Son’s sacrifice into the very fabric of the entire universe, and provided for man’s transgression before it was needed. Grace literally kissed mercy.
The oldest storyteller was the first, and he visualized your love story before He created the universe. When he decided to record history He wrote it in a story, and prepared time to move the allegory at a predetermined pace and at a foreordained rhythm. When your appointed place in time arrived, he took your story book off of his shelf, and merged your story as an important part of His. He communicates his story so that you will know him and choose him. In fact, he invested himself and put His skin in the game before he made Adam, and before He said, you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The power of a story can be used for good or evil. When the Jews sought to undermine Yeshua-Messiah’s death and resurrection, they did not use a principle argument, but shared a story that is still spread among the Jews to this day. His disciples came by night and stole him away while the guards were asleep. Most stories are told of escapades that have already happened. But God tells exploits of adventures that are yet to happen. In the first century, the Apostle John entered heaven so that he could witness the future and tell the Father’s story of the End of Day’s, before it happens. After John saw the future, he wrote the book of Revelation.
Story of Sadness
When Jesus told his disciples the story of his death, they ignored him the first two times. The third time Jesus told them their soul entered into sadness. Then he said, I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. After Jesus felt their sadness he tells another story. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.
Out of Africa
It was early in the morning when the smell of camp fire smoke mixed with diesel fuel reminded me that I was in M’barara, Uganda, East Africa. We found the closest to American cuisine in the starred hotel restaurant. (It’s hard to mess up eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, and orange juice.) I scheduled the team to meet me at breakfast. I swung my briefcase over my shoulder and thought, I am ready! As I walked toward the door, I heard a familiar whisper. I don’t want you to preach the message today. I want you to BE the message today! I paused. Then in an instant I asked, What…? Then I heard it again, I want you to BE the message. I proposed, I have a message. I am ready to preach at the crusade … what do you mean?
He responded, I don’t want you to just preach a message today, I want you to be the message today. Although this conversation rattled me, I sensed an exuberant peace fill my soul, just work with me here. You are prepared, now walk with me and you will be. I countered, Well, I am not sure I know how to do that Lord!
The writer calls this “Show and don’t tell.”
As we rumbled down the African road in our mini-van taxi, the Father challenged me to dive in, and become the love and let the love become me, become the son of God and allow the Son to become me, become the kingdom and let the kingdom become me. So, I put my notes in my briefcase, and stood to BE the message.
I received an invitation that day, not only to live in my story, but to authorize my story to join His. This is one application to the Apostle Paul’s story, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God… When you act in love, walk in the Spirit, and exercise family life in the body of Christ, you teach the principalities and powers… the manifold wisdom of God. Your stories teach the fellowship of the mystery to the echelons of Angels.
When you hear or read a story, the same power that inspires Angels is present to activate the same result in your life. A story of triumph brings a warrior’s faith. A story of freedom conveys spiritual authority. A story of healing offers supernatural restoration. A story of illumination delivers breakthrough revelation. And each story turns out to be a “DO IT AGAIN WITNESS!” When you believe, you enter into the same miracle. The Apostle John wrote, And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.
Tell Your Story
The icon of Jesus Christ in the gospels is incomplete. He healed more people. He taught more lessons. He did more miracles. He had more friends. He preached more messages. In fact, when you hear a story of transformation through His death and resurrection, His story lives in you. Jesus is still working today. Consequently, the story of a mother’s death opens a door to the love conveyed in eternal life. This physical world is temporary, and fraught with trails and troubles, as well as pain and suffering, but resurrection power says you will live to glorify God another way in another day. This truth is why one generation will praise His works to another, and declare your mighty acts. Now, He wants you to tell your story. The challenge is to let the life of Jesus do for you what he has done for millions. Please, let us know how your story changes the life of another.
 Matthew 18:15b ESV
 Romans 1:19-25
 Revelation 13:8; Romans 5:8
 Ephesians 1:4
 Revelation 13:8
 Revelation 1:19
 John 13:19-20
 John 14:1-4
 John 1:12
 Ephesians 3:9-11