Ulterior Motives!

When God led me to share our story of faith and hope in the midst of our trial, He told me there would be some who would not believe it and even others who would think that we were desiring status or seeking attention.

Well, I do have to confess that there is an ulterior motive for sharing our story, “Because She Believed.” The ulterior motive (or superior motive) for any believer to share their story should be to bring glory to our Father. Jesus gave us the example by giving all the glory of his story to the Father.

As children of God, Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, our story. How blessed we are to be part of God’s story in this fallen world… to have the opportunity to be light in the darkness.

I love how Paul describes the life of a disciple as a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. A letter to be known and read by all. Each of our stories is a letter from Christ that testifies to the glory of the Father.

I leave you with this last thought. The woman at the well was a person of low status in her community, but the testimony of her encounter with Jesus (her story) changed a whole town.

“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”” (ESV John 4:39)

Every child of God has a story to tell regarding their encounter with the grace of the Father through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (ESV 2 Corinthians 4:5-7)

So, what is your story?