“We’re on a mission from God”
You may recall an old comedy that got laughs using that line. But people who make it a living reality find it brings them very much more. Are you looking for work? Are you looking for a spouse? Are you looking for a meaningful life? Please give this song a listen, and come back here for more.
It might help to think along these two lines:
1.) What is the WHOLE story this song refers to?
2.) How much of the whole story does the person in front of us need to hear right now?
For one person, it might take a 30-hour class to hear enough to believe.
For another, one sentence might light them up.
I know people who made the decision for Jesus both these ways … and other ways, too.
So what is the correct story version to tell? It is the version that brings a person to accept Jesus as Lord.
And, then, it is the version that helps a person remain faithful for a lifetime.
The complete story teller
Our song sheds light on the path to becoming effective story tellers:
- Verse 1: We live for God and learn all we can from God’s Word about creation, the fall, the savior, redemption, and the hope of life to come.
- Verse 2: We learn how to help those who have never heard, so they can get saved and become part of the Family of God.
- Verse 3: We learn how to help those who already know the story, so they can continue to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord
The story’s path
To those who would love to tell the story, but don’t know where to start, I offer this idea: start at the end. Whatever path our story takes, we do well to lead people to Jesus, to his glory, to his love, to the wholeness his salvation brings. We can take people into the scriptures, speaking the truth in love. We are the authority on what God has done for us, and we can help many by putting our personal testimonies to work! And we should remember to ask questions and listen carefully, letting people’s answers guide how we minister.
Looking for Work? Spouse? Meaningful life?
Are you looking for work? God is hiring. He has a story to tell to the nations, and there is a spot for each of us in that work!
Are you looking for a spouse? If you love the ideas in this song, and find someone else who loves the ideas like you do, the two of you share a vital foundation for a life of joy together. Key concept: share the same GREAT mission!
Are you looking for a meaningful life? Chew on this song and watch life’s meaning come into focus. Really!
God bless you lots!
I Love To Tell The Story
William G. Fischer (1869)
1) I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
of Jesus and His love.
2) I love to tell the story;
’Tis pleasant to repeat
What seems each time I tell it,
More wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story;
For some have never heard
The message of deliverance
From God’s own holy Word.
3) I love to tell the story;
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story,
That I have loved so long.
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