On Monday I talked about my wilderness experience and how God provided a road map to help me navigate my way. It came in the form of an interactive exercise called My Life is Gospel, led by Marnie Crumpler on our Lamplighters Leadership Retreat. With Marnie’s permission (thank you, friend!) I’m sharing what she shared with us.
Before we jump in with blank pages and markers, let’s think a minute about what the word gospel means. The Greek word for gospel is euangelion which translates good news. The good news is Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to share this good news, proclaim the gospel, to tell of the gift of salvation that comes with knowing our Savior. We are called to take to take the good news to those who have not heard. It’s the Great Commission. Matthew 28:16-20.
But, how? How do we share Jesus in a way that is honest and real? Without ‘churchy’ words or judgement? Funny we should wonder this, and no big surprise — God knew we wouldn’t have a clue how to share the gospel without Him. So guess what? He has given us three tools to accomplish His purpose – His Word, the Holy Spirit, and our lives.
Our lives? Yes, yours and mine. I was created by Him, for Him. And, you were too. The stories that make up your life are the most authentic thing about you. By sharing our stories, we give away a part of us that others can relate to. Through our stories, the character of Christ is revealed.
Your life is good news!
So why a road map? To remind you where you’ve been, so you can tell your story.
Let’s do it! Grab your paper and markers. Plan to spend about 10 minutes on your map.
Draw a road or path of your life with the following points.
When did I meet Jesus?
Who are the people who pointed me to Jesus?
What are the events that pointed me to Jesus?
Was there an event or time when I felt distant from Jesus?
When have I learned new things about Jesus? What are those things?
When I have I pointed people to Jesus?
I’ll share my road map on Friday and a few of the ‘pit stops’ I’ve made along the way. Hope you’ll join me.