Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Bigger Story, By Hillary-Beth Koenig

The Bigger Story

By Hillary-Beth Koenig

 Our lives aren't stories about ourselves.
We love to tell about ourselves. Freewebs, Facebook, Blogs, Myspace, and other sites enable us to share freely anything we want to say about us. Some of these sites encourage us to focus solely on ourselves; my favorite color, favorite flavor, the way I like to listen to music or watch TV, or even not as trivial things like my school courses and my jobs or my ministries and my favorite Bible study. Does there come a point that I start to believe that life is all about my story to the world?
As Christians we should realize there's a bigger story going on. And honestly, I don't have to be a part of it in order for the plot to carry through!
God is called the author; author of our faith, our hope, our salvation. Taking this analogy, when we tell our story, our theme should be that of God’s work in our life; our personal and very precious salvation and new life through Christ.
Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God is the hero of the story; Jesus. Jesus knew the law required a perfect sacrifice or else we could not come to be God’s children, so Jesus willingly died on the cross for the sins of the world. Because he was God, he rose again, to give us eternal life!
Our story should be focused on the hero. It doesn't mean we are unimportant; it doesn't mean we don't have cool things going on. It does mean there's more that we can't see, that we need to trust and thank God with our hearts set sure on the last chapter of our known history.
God was working ever since man fell in order to restore all creation. It hasn't happened completely yet of course. What has happened is Jesus has made it possible for us to start being restored. Not only will we be restored, but the book of Revelation and other prophetic books promise that there will be a new earth and a new heaven; everything created will be made pure again. That is something great to look forward to!
Sometimes it’s so hard to not get caught up in just our own story. Next time you are telling about yourself, try to stop and think: what is the theme of my story? Just celebrating myself, or celebrating how God has worked in me? You might want to take a little time to prepare, so that you know what you will say about who you are – a very awesomely made Child of God, with a very awesome story to tell!
Tell us your story!


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