Success Stories Create Missionaries

Derek Ouellette —  March 10, 2010

My wife has become a huge fan of the hit reality show, the Biggest Loser, and so it has become a custom in our home that she’s managed to tie me down to watch a few episodes with her. Last night the contestants on the show began what they called “Work Week.” It’s where they had to work a full 40 week at a food bank while keeping up with their regular weight loss programs.

While on lunch one of the inventory clerks, a rather large man, joined them in the lunch room and asked for pointers, tips and suggestions on how to lose his weight.

The whole lot of them, all the contestants, focused intensely on the man as each just kept sharing their own success stories encouraging him that if they could do it so could he[1]. With passion and zeal they became the most intense missionaries of weight loss you’ll ever see.

And why? Because they carry the testimony of a life changed and visually transformed. What seemed impossible has proved to be possible after all.[2] And if someone will listen, someone who is where they used to be, if they will only listen, then with great passion these individuals will preach and preach until the whole world hears.

Has God transformed your life? Were you dead in your trespasses and sin? Were you hopelessly lost? Did life before Christ carry any meaning at all? Has that inner “hole” been filled and satisfied?

You met Christ. Like Paul, when he encountered the risen Jesus, he just had to tell the world[3], “This is what Christ has done for me… He can do it for you too![4]

Like the contestants on the Biggest Loser, when you really understand the change that has taken place in your life, when it becomes so real that everyone can see the difference, when the thought of it brings the emotions bubbling just beneath the surface, at that point you will become the world’s greatest missionary!

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee… Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” [Matthew 28:16-20]

Notice the phrase, “eleven disciples”. They were already his disciples, they had experienced a life washed and transformed, and now they were called to “make disciple“. The success story we all carry – those who believe – is that Christ saved us. The fruit of that success story is what can be seen of our character.

What’s your success story and how has it changed those around you?

[1] And that is what some of you were… – 1 Corinthians 6:11

[2] “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” – Mark 10:27

[3] At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God – Acts 9:20

[4] Two thirds of the book of Acts, every time Paul acquires an audience to preach, he always tells his story of his encounter with Christ.

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  • Tom

    Good piece working from a reality show to an illustration … but care has to be taken.

    Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela (27 years in prison) tell a tale a lot less attractive, and so did Paul writing from prison.

    When I read your excellent note, I thought about how many folks are “deceived” and intimidated by the success stories of others.

    In reality, folks who lose weight are likely to gain it back again … and if not, realize, while they have a new body, they still have the same issues and problems they’ve always had.

    We just have to be careful of identifying Christian “superstars” – the “super apostles” Paul describes.

    Anyway, just some thoughts.

    P.S. I’ll be linking your blog to several of mine.