I love to hear Cole tell a story.
I love to hear him tell a story because he doesn’t just tell the story, he relives it. He acts it out. He does all of the motions, his hands flailing this way and that. He even adds sound effects so you become fully engaged in the story.
I can tell Cole is going to be a great storyteller. Just like his daddy and just like Jesus.
During his earthly ministry to help people understand the truths of the Gospel, Jesus used examples from everyday life: grass, flowers, fishing, farming and even taxes.
Jesus also told vivid parables to capture the attention of his audience: The Prodigal Son (a favorite of mine), The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (another favorite of mine), The Good Samaritan (yep, you guessed it — another favorite).
Everyday experiences and vivid stories. I can envision Jesus sitting or standing in front of his audience, waving his arms and modulating the volume and pitch of his voice as he draws people in to the story he’s telling. He did so well they felt like they were a part of the story.
There’s another kind of story Jesus told. It’s a story entrusted to his followers to tell others (Matthew 28:18-20). And where people might be drawn into his other stories until they feel like they’re a part of it, in this story they really are part of it.
It’s the story of the kingdom of God. It’s the story of the kingdom of heaven. It’s the story that tells about a holy and perfect God who loves unholy and imperfect sinners so much he was willing to sacrifice his own son to save them from their sins (John 3:16).
Do you know this story? Have you heard it?
If you’ve heard it, I hope you’ve responded to it. I hope you’ve realized what God did and received the salvation he offers you through a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ.
And if you’ve heard it and responded to it, I hope you’re now telling it to others. We have a responsibility to tell others how much God loves them. We have a responsibility to tell them he wants to save them from their sins. We have a responsibility to tell them that they can live with him for all eternity, if they will receive Christ as their savior, too.
Someone cared enough to tell this story to you.
Do you care enough to tell this story to others?
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.