Join the Story

I was in a store the other day and saw a scene that both encouraged me and challenged me. I was walking by the DVD section where they have movie DVD’s arranged to purchase; some are in racks and some are in special promotional displays with full size prints of the main characters. As I walked by a little boy was eyeing one of the special displays when all of a sudden he entered into some make-believe story in his head and started talking like he was a Transformer fighting off evil and he was making sound as if he was transforming along with a few gun sounds mixed in with a few screams from the crowd of people in the story in his head. He was spouting off orders to his other pretend transformers as I walked on. I smiled at the joy of this kid as he was fully into the story in his head.

Something similar also happened a few days back that both encouraged and challenged me as I was out walking the dog. As I was waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street, a minivan pulled up with a young couple in front and what I am guessing was a few children in car seats in back, and their music blaring. It was not some rockin’ tune or country ballad, no, it was a sound track from the movie Frozen and the whole family, with huge smiles were singing at the top of their lungs, “Let it go, Let it go…” Now that alone was a great scene, but as cars pulled up next to and around this singing-van-of-fun I could see others joined in, some rolling down their widows to join the choir, I even started in (but more in my mind as I don’t know all the words…yet). As their light turned green I did not want this moment of everyone joining in to end.

As I was thinking back over these two experiences I was challenged with how we should join in to God’s story. See God’s story is the greatest story of all, the true story of life, the story above all stories, the story that explains the meaning and reality of life. God’s story is an inspiring story, a radical story, a humble story, a victorious story, a revolutionary story, an empowering story, a restoring story…that is found in God’s book, the Bible.

The Bible is a book of books, songs, history and letters written over hundreds of years by many authors from all walks of life, who were inspired and led by God the Holy Spirit as 2 Peter 1:21 and 2 Timothy 3:16 tell of God’s story…a Story of Revelation, Separation, Redemption, and Restoration. If you want to hear more on these key themes of God’s story, join us for the next few weeks on Sundays or listen to our sermons online, and join one of our Life Groups, and pick up one of our Devotionals as we head into our campaign entitled “His Story, Our Story, My Story” (our website will have more information click here http://www.cypresschurch.net).

God’s story is amazing and worth joining in, like that little kid who was so enthralled that he did not care about who was looking at him or what they thought of him, he gave himself to this make-believe story in his head, yet how much more should we join into the greatest story, God’s story. Jesus invites us as he invited the first disciples:

Matthew 4:19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mark 1:19-20 19 And going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Him.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed Him.

So let’s jump in and be part of God’s story and like that moment of joining in singing at that stop light, let’s be together and let our-collective story be part of God’s story.

Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Joining God’s story is also an individual choice where we make God’s story, my story. It’s the choice to believe, to make that initial faith choice of Jesus being your personal Savior and Lord, then to grow on in faith 2 Peter 3:18, do ‘good works’ Ephesians 2:10, loving others Luke 10:25-37, praising and exulting God Psalm 34:1, and more. Not to make us more acceptable to God, or more right, or to get blessed, but because that’s what it means to join God’s story. Will you?

Over these next few weeks at both our campuses we are focusing in on God’s story and challenging us to make our story and my story part of God’s story. I sure hope you will join us. It’s what we were designed for.

Joining God’s story with you,

Mike

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