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By Barb Kugle
Special to The PREVIEW
There is only one story worth telling again and again, and that story resides in you, just waiting for expression.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme, As I write my verses for the King, My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalm 45:1)
Many of you had probably heard the Gospel message dozens of times before it finally took root and registered in your mind. Only then could you say in your heart, “Yes, Lord, yes. That is what I have been longing to hear.”
Paul put the story simply and in his own words, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures …”
If the Gospel story lives inside you, then you have the words to express it in a way that only you can. Someone is waiting to hear the message from your heart, in your words, at just the right moment in a time. Take a moment this year to pen your words on a slip of paper and keep it in your Bible. Take it out and read it often. Memorize relevant scriptures, and be prepared to give an answer for your faith. Here are just a few verses to keep at your fingertips; John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, I Corinthians 15:3-4, John 1:12, Revelation 3:20. Pray, and expect God to open doors and nudge you in the right direction.
Oswald Chambers writes, “The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you didn’t know, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”
Remember, also, that it is not by your power that your carefully composed words will be understood. Christ told His disciples again and again that He would be crucified according to the scriptures, but they never comprehended it until after Pentecost (Acts 2). Peter could never say the right thing at the right time while he walked beside Jesus. But after the Lord ascended into heaven, Peter spoke the gospel in his own words to the crowds, “and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)
“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
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