We need to know where we came from. Knowing connects us, links us, bonds us to something greater than we are. Knowing reminds us that we aren’t floating on isolated ponds but on a grand river.
That’s why God wants you to know his story. Framed photos hang in his house. Lively talks await you at his table. A scrapbook sits in his living room, brimming with stories. Stories about Bethlehem beginnings and manger miracles. Enemy warfare in the wilderness and fishermen friends in Galilee. The stumbles of Peter, the stubbornness of Paul. All a part of the story.
But they are all subplots to the central message: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16). This is the headline of the story: God saves his people! He casts his net over cities and individual, princes and paupers, the Pontius Pilates of power and the Peters, Jameses, and Johns of the fishing villages. God takes on the whole mess of us and cleans us up.
This quest is God’s story. And we are a part of it!
– Max Lucado, God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours
That passage gave me chills when I read it. You and I are a part of something greater than ourselves. I’m more than the dishes I loaded in the dishwasher and the dentist appointment I sat through last week. It’s so easy to make life about to-do lists, isn’t it? I’m doing my best to remind myself the central message every day: God saves his people! Amen.
Living out His Story,