Grace For The Journey
Who is the story of your life about? Is it all about you? Or is it about God? Are you the central figure of your story or is God? Are you the supporting cast or is God?
If it is you who is the “star” of your story, your story is MUCH too small and will always leave you dissatisfied and unfulfilled. When you think about it, it really is silly to view ourselves as the star of our story. From beginning to end, Jesus Christ should be the star of our story, because our story is wrapped up in His story.
- He is the Creator of all things (John 1:3)
- Our lives begin and end with Him
- He is the Judge of all men (2 Corinthians 5:10).
- Jesus saved us from sin and death
- Jesus calls us into His story to acknowledge Him for who He is and what He has done as the Star.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, Him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
We acknowledge Jesus before men when we admit our need of Him, accept what He has done to save us, ask Him to come into our lives to be our Lord and Savior, and then make Him the Star of our story. And as the Star, He gets top billing, He receives the headlines, and He gets all of the accolades. We need to remember that if it wasn’t for Jesus there would be no glory in our story! It would be a story only of total depravity, terrible destruction, and a timeless, terrifying death.
Regardless of where you are today – whether you are riding the crest of the wave or the waves of challenge are crashing over you – it’s all about Him. Every success is about Him, and every season of struggle is about Him . . . whether we like it or not!
He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35)
God does what He wants and He does it right well! And as the Star of our story, He does not need to explain Himself to us. Our story is written by Him and for Him and He knows best what the individuals scenes should look like in order that He would be glorified.
That is the summation of Paul’s testimony about Jesus that the Bible records in Romans 11:33-36, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His ways past finding tracing out! “Or who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. to whom be the glory forever! Amen!”
So . . . who is the star of your story? Who is writing the final few chapters? When all we do is done for His glory, Jesus is the Star who stands at the center of our story, a story that can be summed up in a word:
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”