“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenzer, saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.'” – 1 Samuel 7:12
In the long history of conflict between the Israelites and Philistines, there was one particularly humiliating defeat, where the Israelites, due to their faith in themselves rather than God, lost the Ark of the Covenant. This was more than a priceless treasure. This was the very throne of the LORD Almighty on earth. Where the ark went, so did His special presence and glory. Twenty years later, after recovering the ark and returning to faithful worship of the Lord, the Israelites again faced the Philistines, but received a stunning victory. Immediately following the battle, Samuel, God’s prophet and leader of the Israelites, set up a stone in a prominent position, naming it, “Stone of Help” in Hebrew, in order to honor the Lord and to remind the people what the Lord had done for them.
A powerful tool the Lord has given us in sharing His message is our own story. As Christians, we should be able to not only share the power of Scripture, but also how that Truth has changed our own lives. This is simply a part in the lost seeing Christ in us. We must seek to live everyday as if the radical nature of the Gospel were true, for it is, and has been proven in our lives.
How does this story from 1 Samuel apply to sharing our own stories of a relationship with Christ? The first step in telling others what Christ has done for us is remembering what Christ has done for us.
One of my favorite hymns is, “Come Thou Fount”. One particularly moving line reads,
“Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by thy help I’m come”
We should continually raise our own Ebenezers, for ourselves to look back on and remember all that Christ has done for us. This might look like keeping a journal of prayers, answered prayers, what the Lord is doing, and lessons He has taught you. For others this might look like something more tangible, such as pictures of blessings the Lord has given you, verses on the wall, or other reminders in your home or office of from what the Lord has rescued you.
The best analogy, though still woefully weak, I can give is that of a couple sharing their story. The bride of a newly wed couple, and hopefully of a long-united pair, yearns to tell everyone she knows of how she met her Prince, how He wooed her, pursued her, won her heart, rescued her, and of the adventure they are now living together. She might drag out old photographs, love notes, ticket stubs, or other tangible effects to share these memories. In the same way, as the corporate bride of Christ, we ought to be eager to share all the Lord has done, is doing, and will do for us.
As always, I pray this post would have the impact on your life that our Lord desires for you. I long to hear from you, for you to share with us how the Lord has changed your life. We would love for you to start a conversation with us, that we may grow in Christ together.
I pray that you, “put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”