Discover short faith sharing stories and learn to trust God (part 2)

In the last article I wrote about your short stories for sharing faith. This said that it was easier to share faith when it is as natural as telling someone what you did over the weekend. The story of how you came to faith is great, but you can only tell it every now and again to the same group of people. Save it for special occasions and ‘just the right moment’.

But the story of God acting in your life in the smallest of ways is something to tell. And you can have lots of those stories.

What if you don’t have lots of stories of trusting God? In this article, I’ll look at learning to trust God, and how that will lead to you having many stories.

Find out more about the Talking Jesus Course, where we connect all of these ideas together.

Discovering new short faith sharing stories. Fully Rely On God

When we realise God is interested in every part of our lives and isn’t distant, we can discover new stories. Stories which haven’t yet happened. Here’s how.

I used to run a club for reception and year 1 children. We called it F.R.O.Gs. It came from a wristband I found which said Fully Rely On God.

When we fully rely on God, we can also start to take risks. The bible refers to is as ‘test and approve what God’s will is’.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, NIV

The way I read it is that when we trust God for even the smallest things, we are then able to take risks. When we trust God in the way described in Deuteronomy chapter 8, everything becomes a matter of faith. And when things become matters of faith, our experience of God becomes all the more present. And that will give us short faith sharing stories to tell.

But it’s not right to put God to the test, surely?

You may have heard that you shouldn’t put God to the test. This is something else that Jesus said to the devil when he was being tempted! But that was in response to proving something that he already knew. It would also have been a way of Jesus validating his own position with God, perhaps saying ‘hey, look at me! I’m the Son of God’.

Romans 12 appears to suggest putting God to the test, but it isn’t. What it says is that when we trust God for the smallest things, we can step out in faith. We can test to see if it is what God wants or not.

You know those match pots that you use to paint a bit of your wall to see if it’s the right colour for a room?  You are testing to see if it’s the right colour or not.  And if it isn’t, it’s fine. You choose another colour and try again. I don’t want to reduce prayer and faith to matchpots! But it is that sense of ‘pushing the door’ and not worrying about it. What a joy it is to explore life with God!

We can go further for God and do great things without fear as we learn to trust him for the small things.  Because if we don’t, we will never know if it is the right thing to do or not.

What does that mean for sharing your faith in short stories?

It means that we can take small (or greater) risks in God’s name. We can dare to pray for a carpark space. We can dare to pray for a miracle. We can dare to pray for that new job. We can dare to pray for someone’s health.

You can even pray for an opportunity to talk to your friends and family about Jesus. Perhaps that they might come to know God.

And when you do that, you start to see God answer those prayers. Maybe not all of them in a way you would expect. But you will certainly learn to see God as active in your life. These become the stories you can tell. And wow! You should see how those stories start to affect friends and family. At first, they may not think anything of it. But tell enough of those stories and they start to take notice.

What about the long stories to share your faith?

I hope as you have read through this you will begin to see something interesting.  Living a life full of taking small risks for God starts to build. Like an avalanche which starts with the smallest pebble. You will trust him for increasingly larger decisions. These form one of the longer stories you can tell people.

The long stories relate very much to what is the good news for you.

The long story is about identifying the significant big moments throughout your life.  The times when God has moved in your life, which has resulted in your faith growing in him.

Have a go at finding your shorter and longer stories to share your faith.

Where will you start?

In the end, your stories are your experience of being a follower of Jesus. The tricky part is going to be identifying them, but I hope this post and the previous post will give you ideas.

If you don’t feel that you have any stories to tell, start with being thankful to God for the smallest things. Every hair on your head is counted. Start to notice where God is there for you in the smallest things in life and go from there.

Then start to take small risks to test what God wants you to do, say, or even be.

Who to contact

Revd Andy Gray, Faith Sharing Enabler