I can tell “the” story, but what about “my” story, or “your” story? The hymn writer speaks of Jesus and His love in this well-loved hymn. If it’s just “the” story and not “my” story, it can be just an idea removed from me in history. However, if it’s my own personal story of Jesus and His Love—that’s where heaven meets my heart and a testimony is shared.
From a tiny baby with little hope to live, Jesus’ love saved me so that I can live for Him. My mother’s desperate sacrifice that offered me to Jesus allowed me to live. That love of Christ found me as a six-year-old girl whose heart was stirred to receive Him. That same love protected me on the streets of Portland in broad daylight when a man had an idea to pull me into his car—but stopped short. That same love protected me through travels, school, work, relationships, grief, unemployment, and fulfilling careers. And, it still protects and guards my heart today as I am in relationship with Him.
How has Jesus’ love drawn, guarded, and protected you? Can you encourage someone today with your own story? It may just be what they need to hear so that you are the Light of the world.
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.