What or Who Inspires You? What or who inspires you? What or who is it in this life that you go, “Wow! They are inspiring!” Do you look out for people who inspire you?
When it comes to me, I am always captivated by a great story. A story of hope, of determination, of beating the odds, of friendship or of passion. There is something about being captivated from beginning to end about someone’s life and how they live it. This inspires me. Of all my life though, and the people I have met that have inspired me, I cannot go past the incredible story of compassion, love, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.
This story is so heart wrenching that every time I think about it, I get inspired and impacted all over again. It’s the one story that I will never get sick of hearing about or telling. The good news about Jesus coming to this earth as a baby in an animal trough, growing up and living a perfect life and then giving his life for us through dying on the cross and then the climax of Him rising from dead is so amazing! What’s so amazing about it is: it’s true. It is as true today as it was over 2,000 years ago.
However, with any good story the ability to believe the truth is in the hearer. The story can be told of this Jesus, but the truth in the story is only as captivating, inspiring and challenging when we believe it to be true. We live in a world where this story of Jesus is told all over the world and many say that it is fake, baloney, false, ridiculous and various other words that wouldn’t be appropriate for this pastor’s update. When I hear of this it saddens me and it challenges me to think about how the story is told. I don’t think I would believe it if someone told it without passion or conviction. I would think, “If this person isn’t inspired or convicted by this why would I be?”
However the challenge is to be totally real and tell it as we have received it, as truth into our hearts. When we stop telling it, we deny people the opportunity to get impassioned with Jesus and that is not at all why He died for us and rose from the dead.
My encouragement to you is this: Think of ways to keep telling the story of Jesus so that people will listen and be invited into the very story and then their life story and this story will be intertwined and this is where inspiration happens.
See you Sunday for a special Mother’s Day service including a breakfast for the Mums from 9am.
Ps Neil Milton
Posted on Fri, May 6, 2016
by Liberty Office filed under