What’s Your Story?

 

 

There’s an old hymn that I love to sing entitled “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations”. Maybe my age is telling by saying this but I love to sing the old hymns of faith. In one sense they remind me of some of the psalms. There is so much great theology captured in these hymns. For example, one of the best loved hymns is Amazing Grace. The title says it all. God’s grace is amazing.

When I read these words “I am amazed when I think of God’s love”, I truly am amazed. When I sing lines such as “I am so glad that our Father in Heaven, tells of His love in the book He has given”, I am thankful that I own a bible. Another great line out of the songbook reads “I believe that God the Father can be seen in God the Son”.

When I look around at the state of the Church in general and in our own Society, I am burdened with a heavy heart. While I rejoice in the spiritual and numerical growth we are seeing in Africa and other third world countries, I am saddened to see just the opposite happening here in North America and some areas in Europe.

One thing that we were famous for, at least in the history books, was proselytizing. Early Friends were not out to convince people to become Quakers but to bring them into the Light of Christ. Once a person was “in the Light”, we believed that the Holy Spirit would then guide and direct that person. The Valiant Sixty were not afraid to speak the truth in love.

As the years pass, our numbers dwindle. As Jesus commanded, we need to “pick up our cross daily” (Luke 9:23). The only way to see a reversal in this trend is to once again create, as Elton Trueblood termed it, an incendiary fellowship. We need more than to sing a few hymns, throw up a nice prayer and take up a collection.

We need to experience an individual and collective restoration of the total Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to once again catch the fire of the Holy Spirit. People don’t need religion but they do need a relationship with the God who created them. People don’t need a lot of church ceremonies or any ceremony period. What people need and that includes myself, is a new vision of God’s love for a dying world.

I want us all to consider whether or not we are actually following Him with our heart, mind and soul. Have we become so entangled in the affairs of the world, that we have lost sight of our mission to preach the everlasting Gospel of Truth.

The words to the hymn Blessed Assurance are so very powerful: “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine: O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood”. Truly this is my story and song. May I be so bold as to ask, what is your story, what is your song?