I'm Talkin' 'Bout Stories

Posted by JJ McLeod, Students & Family Pastor

You have a story. Your story is not the same as mine. Your story is meant to be a part of a wonderful greater story, a story that is outside of you and yet one that you are invited to join in. Have you ever sat down to take time and think about what your story is? What your story is becoming? Have you ever thought about how your story is meant to fit in to the greater story, God’s story?

Revelation 12:10-12 says, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.’” (NASB) This verse has been in the forefront of my mind the last couple of weeks; it’s a verse that strikes me to the heart. In this verse Jesus tells us that the accuser - Satan - has been trying to accuse God’s people, Jesus’ bride, but that because of Jesus’ blood being spilled Satan has been thrown down. Not only this, but Jesus goes on to say that these believers who are being accused are overcoming also because of their testimony, their story.

Our story is so important to our relationship with Jesus and with our impact on the world. This last week in the student ministry we have had some time of training for our trip to Mission Arlington in a couple weeks (our student mission trip), and as a part of that training we helped these students write out and practice sharing their testimony, their story of how God came into their lives and saved them. So many people struggle with their faith because they don’t really know their story or how it fits into God’s story. Too many people have zero confidence in sharing their faith with a not-yet-believing friend because they don’t know their story.

Can I encourage you today? If this is you and you don’t really know your story, won’t you spend some time in prayer asking God to help clarify it? What’s amazing is you may be more encouraged by your own story of how God came and saved you than you would be by the greatest message any person could preach. You may also come to find out that while you thought you had a story, your story isn’t really your own but maybe one that was your parents or your siblings, someone else’s story but not your own. If that is you, let me encourage you to look to Jesus and His great love for you, turn from being your own savior and the author of your story, and begin trusting in Jesus. Let your real story begin today by allowing God to come in and put you in His great story. It’s the greatest story in the world and worth giving up your life for.