I just read an interesting post by Seth Godin called, “Which comes first (why stories matter)“. In it, Seth points out the interesting relationship between the work we do and the story we have. Two points caught my attention:
The work is what people talk about, because it’s what we experience. In other words, the work tells a story.
Then a bit later he goes on to say,
…if you decide what the story is, you can do work that matches the story. Your decisions will match the story. The story will become true because you’re living it.
As I read this article I immediately thought of James 2,
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. – James 2:17-18 (NIV)
The Christian story is one that should have influence over everything the believer does and everything we do should flow out of the gospel narrative and how it has transformed us (the story). James articulates that faith (the story we believe in) is connected with the “works” we do and if there are no works then there really isn’t any faith.
So, if churches and Christians already have an incredible story to tell, is what we’re doing telling it?