When I was a child, I remember sitting in the backseat of the car reading Hardy Boys, Tin Tin, and many other fantastic tales of mystery and intrigue. It was wonderful to get to the final chapters of the story and piece together ‘who dun it’ and how it was done. The feeling of accomplishment when I, sometimes, figured out the mystery, the bad guy and how the crime was committed. It took time, but if you persisted until the story’s end you had closure and understanding.
Wait a minute, this is a Jesus blog. Let’s talk about him. Much of what’s written, and said, about Jesus today tries to make him easily digestible. Many of us try to put Him into 140-character sound bites or fun and appealing memes. But the story of God is full of incomprehensible mystery and wonder. If we, mistakenly, believe we can understand God, we’ll never be in awe of him. Some truths can’t be explained; they must be experienced. Sometimes the best way to tell the truth of Jesus is by living our story.
At its heart, Christianity itself is an invitation for you and me to live within the story of God. In the Christian story, you have the best explanation of why we are the way we are. Why the world is the way it is. And, what perfect hope is available for us. Christianity tackles the questions about meaning, despair, guilt, love, loneliness, life, and death head-on with no sidestepping or games. God’s story has a place for you and anyone else hungry for spiritual intimacy with God. I believe that anyone who genuinely tries to find truth will find Jesus. It was Jesus that said, “all who seek find,”. We need to take him at his word.
Everyone’s background or history is their own personal story. Jesus knew the personal life stories, but didn’t hold their history against the woman at the well, or the tax collector, or the prostitute, etc. That fact helps me to have peace knowing God can get past my sinful life story and bring me to new life, with a new ending to my story. What makes us unique isn’t so much our height or shape or fingerprints or eye color but our histories, our life stories. Day by day our regular lives are woven into His giant narrative, and every moment we can become more and more the story of who we were meant to be.
In 2017, God’s story isn’t over; it’s still holds value and needs to be told today. Each one of us has the potential to become a chapter of history, in His story. Let’s all remember that us humans all have a sinful story in our history, just like the other humans around us. Let’s connect with our neighbors. Learn more about him or her. Let them learn about you. The more personal we are, the more our stories will intertwine and have an impact.
Don’t just talk about your history, talk about your future. Share with your neighbor on the block or in the grocery store line your own spiritual story. Tell them where and how you have seen Jesus and how He's a part of your everyday life. Don’t stop sharing until we reach the end of our days on this earth and heaven will be waiting for you. That is when all will be revealed concerning God’s story and how He included you and me in it.
Psalm 111:7-10; 2 Peter 1:16-21
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