What’s your story with God? Do you have a personal God story, or do you speak in stories or opinions about him? Today we hear from Peter that we don’t need cleverly devised stories – we just need to share our personal interactions and experiences with Jesus…
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
Peter wants his audience to be clear that he isn’t coming to them with any clever stories about Jesus. The power of Jesus in our lives isn’t a nice fairy tale or a chicken soup moment to comfort us. The power of Jesus is real and active, and the testimony Peter brings is based on his direct experience. It’s similar to the way Paul comes without eloquent words or persuasion. He came to people knowing only Jesus and him crucified.
In Peter’s case, he was an eyewitness of the transfiguration of the Lord, and heard the Father speak of how pleased he is with Jesus. That moment must have been marked in Peter’s mind forever – burned in. You can read that story in Matthew 17.
The point worth making is that Peter has a story of real experience with Jesus to share. Peter actually had hundreds or thousands of those stories. He was in Jesus’ inner circle through the Lord’s public ministry. He could give you story after story of the Lord’s power and character and work. None would be cleverly devised. This isn’t coercion. This is a witness.
Which brings me back to me. I don’t need to construct arguments or tales or fables which paint the picture of a loving God. I just need to tell my story of life with the loving God. What’s your story with Jesus? It doesn’t matter what you could say about him. It matters what you have done with him.
The most impactful story of Jesus is the one in which he changed your life and sustains you every day. Keep telling that story. Keep pursuing Jesus and interacting with him each day and there will be a plethora of vignettes you will have to share with those around you.