A Christian memoir is a narrative written by an author bringing into perspective his relationship with God and how the power of the gospel has been the uttermost influence over his life. It reveals his life experiences and how his faith in God has impacted his existence.
Christian memoirs also serve as a check for our lives as Christians, inspiring and filling us with courage. There is no doubt that Christian memoirs impact our lives as they emphasize hope, courage, faith, trust, and complete reliance on God and his workings in the lives of believers. We take clues from these stories, and we apply the lessons to our lives too. We see how God intervened in the lives of the authors, and we are spurred up to completely trust in God as well, knowing that he never fails.
However, it is crucial for us to know that aside from the impact these stories have on us, they also give God glory. In this post, I will be unveiling how Christian memoirs glorify God. Five ways in which a Christian memoir glorifies God.
1)Reveals the personality of God to man. 1John 1:1-2 states, "We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life".
Apostle John was sharing his experiences of having touched God and interacted with Christ. And in doing this, he concluded that Christ is the Word of Life and the eternal life. Through Christian memoirs, we come to hear of how God revealed himself to other people in their life experiences. These experiences and knowledge of him help build their faith in God and the faith of other Christian readers.
2)Christian memoirs help us experience and appreciate God's power and wisdom in the lives of others. We all know the story of the Israelites when they were in captivity in Egypt, as was well recorded in the book of Exodus. We read about the events that took place in Egypt against Pharaoh. We also read how God parted the Red Sea with his mighty power. All of these stories showed God's might, power, and unsearchable wisdom in delivering the children of Israel. We take clues from these stories and are encouraged to believe in God's power and interventions in our lives. We see how God intervened in the stories of the authors. The same applies to spiritual memoirs; we see how God intervened in very difficult life situations of the authors, which is also consistent with God's powerful move as we see as well in the Holy Scriptures.
3)Christian memoirs also project the influence of the true gospel in the lives of believers and the way the gospel makes the difference, thereby giving glory to God. These narratives don't just talk about the authors; they emphasize the impact of the true gospel in their lives. The gospel helps the author identify his weakness and recognize how much he needs Christ in his life. This sharpens the believer's dealings with others and the material universe. It affects his perspective, his preferences, and what he ultimately lives for.Apo