What Story Is Your Life Telling?
All of us love a good story. We’re captivated by a budding romance, we sit on the edge of our seats as tension builds in a good drama, we identify with characters and when against all odds we root for the underdog. Stories move us.
One of my favorite Bible stories is the life of David. I love that he was the underdog who took everyone by surprise when he killed the Giant. I rooted for him the twenty years he ran from Saul, cried when his army turned against him at Ziklag, and celebrated when he finally became king. He wasn't perfect, but despite his moral falls he modeled repentance and was truly a man after God’s own heart. His story moves me.
The Bible is full of stories like David’s; stories of ordinary men and women whose lives inspire us. Through their lives we see God’s redemption story told over and over again and we are moved.
A moving story we often miss however, is the story God is writing in and through our own lives. We tend to focus on the individual scenes of our lives and fail to see their significance from the broader perspective of what God is doing. He is writing a story through our lives; a story that has the ability to move others.
What divine relationships has God orchestrated in your life? What tension filled dramas has He gotten you through? Have you been an underdog that He enabled to succeed? Through each plot twist of our lives He is weaving His greater story of redemption. Have you recognized it in your own life?
Whether we recognize it or not, our life is telling a story. Each individual scene has the potential to move others. People are watching us to see if our faith is real. They look at how we handle our relationships, trials and even our triumphs. Are we representing Him well?
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
Like David, you and I aren't perfect, but God has chosen us to be His representatives to our generation. We will mess up, but as Christians we know how to repent and God knows how to redeem. Will we choose to represent Him well? Will our lives tell the story of His redemption to the watching world?
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