The Bible is a collection of story books that were written over a period on 1500 years by over forty different writers. Each book is filled with stories about various people through history and how they fit in to the overall theme of the Bible: God’s redemption of mankind. The Bible is a collection of books that tell stories that actually tell a bigger story of God sending his son to die on the cross for the sin of all of us (John 3:16).
Again this beautiful story is told through hundreds of years of Israel’s history and stories of individuals who rose and fell before God. Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, rose to the top of Egypt through God’s providence. Moses, a man who fled from his heritage as a fugitive for murder in Egypt becomes God’s leader to bring His people out of Egyptian bondage. David, a shepherd boy who conquered giants, rose to be one of the greatest kings in Israelite history; he led the nation in great triumphs, but he also led them into some of their darkest hours. Solomon, the wisdom poet who wrote the “Song of Songs” (the Hebrew title of Song of Solomon which means “greatest of all songs.”); a song that inspires purity in a God-honoring relationship, but he also broke the marriage laws for a King in Israel and had nothing close to a pure relationship in his many marriages. Saul of Tarsus, a militant persecuted of the church turned his life around and became a radical disciple and missionary of Christ.
All of these stories teach us something. Of course they all either point forward or backward to Jesus, but they also stand alone to show us their own individual story and lessons to learn.
Most of all the stories contained in Scripture help us in our own story. Just as God is clearly a storyteller, he has invited us to become story writers by giving us free will (Gen 4:7).
Just like the stories revealed in Scripture point forward or backward to Jesus, our stories should do the same. Our story is not about us. It is about us giving our story over to God. The world tells us our story should be about us. We are told we should live a life people will remember. We should aim to leave a legacy. Scripture tells us that we live to please God and aim towards eternity (Col 3:1-2). Our story must be all about His story. In this way our lives are hidden in Christ (Col 3:3-4). Then when our story become His story, people will see Christ living in us. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ, lives in me. Now the life that I live in the flesh, I live by the faith in the son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me.”
Where are you at in writing your story? And where does God fit into your story?