Everyone has a story. Everyone has had a set of experiences that has shaped and effected their life. Our story is what makes us and it is how we relate to people and what allows them a frame of reference for them to relate to us.
What is exciting and powerful is the story of those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Because, for everyone who has encountered and received a revelation of Jesus Christ who He is and what He’s done and still doing today, their story changes drastically from that point. No matter the background, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic, or gender, how you were raised, where you were born, it doesn’t matter, when you encounter Jesus your story changes for the better.
Jesus told His story. He explained things you and I can’t relate to by telling stories about things we can relate to.
That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. (Matthew 13:13 MSG)
Telling our story or a history of encounters with Jesus and His church is what makes the Gospel relevant. When we can say as a result of Knowing Jesus here is what happened to me. Before I was this…after I am this…
The inspiring thing about it is her encounter with Jesus and His Church took her beyond that.
What is your story? More importantly whats the next chapter.
You can’t live out the next chapter of your story, if you don’t quit re-reading the last chapter over and over.
when you get a revelation that Jesus is the main character in your story, it’s all going to turn out ok. You can have a happily ever after.
The Gospel of John says it clearly
John 1-2 the baptist encountered Jesus and his life found meaning and purpose, the main theme of his story was revealed
John 3. Nicodemus encountered Jesus and his story changed from a religious history to a relational account of love
John 4 the woman at the well encounterd Jesus and her story changed from one of sin, shame, and outcast to one of truth meaning and purpose. A relationship nightmare turned into a story of redemption and change.
John 5 a victim minded crippled man’s story changed from one of hopeless superstition became one of victory over life long problems, and wrong mind sets. From hopelessness to hopeful
John 6 5000 spiritually and physically hungry people story changed from one of intrigue to impossabilities becoming possible
John 8 a woman literally caught in the act of adultery’s story took a 180 turn. One of devistating judgement and condemnation became one of compassion, grace and redemption
John 9 a blind man from birth’s story changed from darkness to light physically and spiritually
John 11 Lazarus story of premature death turned out to be one of resserection and life. Mourning turned to dancing
On and on we could go accounting all the stories of people who encountered Jesus and how their lives changed, but the stories don’t stop on the pages of the bible, but men and women through history, men and women all around you right now have stories, each and everyone of us who have encountered Jesus have stories that reflect the grace, compassion, and power of Jesus Christ.
What is your story? What is the next chapter?