Put the ‘O’ back in the Gospel

July 15, 2011 — Leave a comment

Acts 1:1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.

Dr. Luke again took pen in hand and wrote to his friend Theophilus. The Gospel of Luke was his first letter to this man; Acts was the rest of the story. Both books are amazingly detailed, developed and delivered.

I don’t know if you have a favorite author, I have a few. Some of these authors are known for writing intense without pretense. They build the characters, the plot, the conflict, and everything builds into a euphoric ending which doesn’t quite end. The rest of the story will be revealed in their next installment.

Having to wait for six months to a year to hear the rest of their brilliant story is tough. When the proceeding book is published, thousands of copies are sold immediately because there is a tribe of followers dying to find out what happens next.

Luke was perhaps one of the first writers to hone this skill. Luke wrote to his buddy in the gospel which bears his name; the story of what Jesus began both to do and teach. The book builds on the life, ministry, death, and victorious resurrection. The book closes with Jesus sending His disciples to Jerusalem for the purpose of being cloaked with power from heaven. Dr. Luke concludes the book without proper closure. Theophilus is left hanging on his favorite writers words. What is going to happen next? What will this amazing Jesus do next? Tension builds to a peak. Finally, the book of Acts is written and released.

Note just one thing about Acts. It’s found in the salutation Luke gave to Theo. “O Theophilus!” Can you feel that? Can you see the excitement with which Luke words this letter? Theo isn’t the only one who’s waited on this moment; the writer has been anticipating this moment as well.

Luke has a glorious conclusion to the story and can’t wait to get the words out. Jesus didn’t keep the power to Himself; rather He chose to spread the love. He gave power to His disciples and then thousands thereafter. Dr. Luke wrote about notable miracles, the world being turned upside down, and the movement of Gods’ mission throughout the world. That is a story to tell!

You and I have been gifted with the same opportunity. We are storytellers. The story itself is powerful (another blog) but it’s the enthusiasm with which you wield that story which makes the difference.

Introduce the “O” into your storytelling. Is there a greater story to tell? How do you tell it? Is this to you the most exciting story to tell? Get jacked up about His story! Spill the words with spirit.

‘O’ Theology:

1. If you are a part of a church, highlight the highs. Speaking negatively will never create a need for God in your friend’s life.

2. Don’t wander from the wonder. Don’t lose the initial joy of your salvation.

3. The salvation of mankind is the greatest miracle of all. It needs to be expressed in a great manner.

4. Pass on pieces of the puzzle often. Build on each piece to the person you are sharing with. “You won’t believe what miracle I saw last night.” This will create anticipation in their spirit, “What’s going to happen next?”

5. Luke spent 24 chapters telling Theo about Jesus. Don’t be satisfied to speak a sentence or two to your friend. Keep building your story.

6. Put the good news back into the gospel.

7. The best is yet to come! God is still outdoing Himself and blowing our minds. As you let this spirit permeate your soul – spread it.

8. Smile, smile, smile.