The Story of Us
If your life was a book, would you read it? If your answer is yes, what moments make your story worth telling--the surprising, the miraculous? If your answer is no, maybe you should consider having someone else much more capable of the complexities that make a story excellent write it for you.
Imagine how compelling your story would be if you woke up every day and let God write it. Your story would be full of suspense. Every second of your day would be a build up to the plot twist where God does something totally unexpected. You would wake up worried about finances because you gave them all away, and then miraculously receive money from an anonymous stranger. On a whim, you would pray for a stranger in public. And God would heal them.
Anyone would read that story. Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic Church, says that “whoever tells the best story shapes the culture.” The best stories are those that keep our attention at every page. That's because we are attracted to surprises and newness, anything to break up our regular lives.
Yet, we live monotonously and expect our lives to be interesting. We wonder when God is going to appear and do something worth telling. In reality, we are not giving Him a chance to do anything. He's told us to feed the poor, pray for the sick, but we drive by the poor and give the sick a cough drop. He's saying to us, "Show me your faith, show me your risk, and you will see my faithfulness--your reward.” To see His faithfulness in our story, we have to take risks in faith, “for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).
The story of our lives will show who our God is. The story of our lives will show our city (and our world) who God is. For our story to honor Him, we have to care about His opinion and no one else’s. We have to be weird, and countercultural.
If you missed last Thursday, here are a couple of other updates:
Every week, we’re getting closer and closer to COMPLETE freedom and breaking off a religious spirit. We’ve been learning what it means to worship freely without fear of man. Yes, that means we dance in worship!
Also, WE HELPED A MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY PAY HIS RENT. You can look forward to more of that in the coming weeks.
We’ve been so encouraged by the heart of the Lord and what He’s doing at HOME. We are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
See you next week!
The HOME Downtown Team