How to Bless Your Neighbor - Share Your Story!
Encounter: Slowly read through 2 Peter 1:16-21. As you read, underline, highlight, or make a note of words or phrases that seem to stick out to you.
We all know the old adage of fishermen who talk about their best catch. The tale might begin with finding a secret fishing hole that’s in a quiet and peaceful cove just out of view of other hopeful people fishing. Perhaps the fish are always biting there, but there’s always one...the big one, that always seems to get away. Until that fateful morning when finally the fishermen are able to reel in the elusive catch. Maybe you can see the distance between the fishermen’s hands grow every time they mention how big the fish was.
Storytelling is a powerful tool for communication, even if some of the details are embellished. Storytelling has a way of using imagery through words and gestures that enables hearers of the story to feel as though they are in the shoes of the storyteller. Embellishments help emphasize the emotions of the one storyteller in such a way that draws people into the story even more.
In 2 Peter 1:16-21, Peter directly addresses the power of storytelling in the ministry of the Apostles and the prophets of the Old Testament. Storytelling has always been one of the greatest ways God stirs in people’s lives. Therefore, unlike the power of a fisherman’s tale to captivate us, the power of telling stories of faith in God comes not from our own clever embellishments or creativity, but rather directly from the God who miraculously uses our stories, imperfect as they may seem to us, to spark transformation and life change in others. Our stories truly bless others as they point attention to Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith.
This weekend in worship, we’ll talk more about how each of us has a unique story to tell and how our stories impact and bless the people around us.
In His grand story with you,
Reflect: Over the next few days, contemplate the question, “How has God worked in my life?” Perhaps even grab a blank piece of paper and write the question at the top then prayerfully begin writing out or drawing picture that remind you of how God has worked in your life.
Encourage: God has a tremendous ability to use our weakest and strongest moments to shine His light, showcase His strength, and help us trust that He has a plan. As you answer the question above, be transparent with God about the good, the bad, and the ugly, knowing He loves it when His children come to Him.
Gather: In your small group, share one aspect of your story that showcases the glory of God. Have people in your small group or your small group as a whole been key characters in your faith story? Take a moment to bless them by thanking them for the impact they’ve made on your faith.