I love seeing the garage door sliding open before I even get out of the truck after a hunt. Typically, it’s my little boy coming to get the adventure update. “Did you get the big one dad? Did you see anything?” More often than not, as is the nature of bowhunting, the answer is, “Not this time buddy, but soon.” Then I try to explain what the reasons may have been for coming home empty handed.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
Romans 10:14 is a passage that has been seared into my conscience over my years in ministry. It’s clear that God has a prescribed the way by which his glory and the good news of Jesus is to spread throughout the ages of this world. If you are in Christ, you have an important story to tell. It’s as unique as your last time in a tree stand or duck blind. Sharing how Jesus has rescued you from your sin and made you right before his father is part of the way God has designed the good news to go forward.
It’s important for me to share my adventure stories with my little boy because it lets him in. He is absorbed into the wonder and mystery of an amazing experience. The same is true when we share our own testimony of what God has done. Sharing our salvation story invites those who hear into how our lives operate by God’s spirit. I share hunt stories with my son because I want him to experience the adventure for himself some day. That is also our hope for sharing the story of Jesus with others.
When was the last time you spoke to a co-worker about how great your church service was on Sunday? When was the last time you told someone in your life about a recent blessing? Not in a boastful way of course, but in a way that points someone to considering their own blessings. The same way we should share the wonder and amazing things of creation, we should be living a life that draws others into the wonder and glory of God. He loves them and cares so deeply for them that he sent his son to die for their salvation. So we truly must ask, “How will they know if they are never told?” The truth is, I would have never wanted to go hunting if my grandfather had not told me his hunting stories even before I was old enough to go myself.
God’s prescription for his people to be saved is the reverse of Paul’s idea in Romans. Preaching the word, to those who will hear(hearing being the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit), results in the hearer to call on His name for salvation. Sportsmen are some of the best story tellers in the world. Perhaps we should begin telling the greatest story of all.
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