When God began the revelation of His plan to reconcile a broken world and imperfect people to Himself, He didn’t send a letter with bullet-point instructions detailing how He would rescue us from death via snail mail or lightning strike or burning bush, though He could have.
Instead, He sent us His Son, Jesus, wrapped in flesh, both fully human and fully God.
God sent us a person with a story to tell of love, grace and redemption — a Person who would live exactly how He would bind up the broken and set the captives free.
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Because God is a relational God and He created us with community-craving hearts, God knew that sending a missionary, Jesus, to this world to share His story of rescue and redemption would speak far louder to our hearts than communicating salvation in any other way.
And so we learn, through Jesus’ life, that stories aren’t just found on the pages of books and in the scripts of movies; stories are embedded in our hearts.
Story is the Gospel way, and the Bible details stories of what God has been up to in our World as He seeks to bring us back to Him.
But the story doesn’t end with the last page of Revelation.
Though our stories aren’t recorded in scripture, we each have a relevant story to tell, too — one that is beautifully interwoven into the bigger-picture story God has crafted and is revealing day by day.
When we share our stories of what God is up to in our lives and how He is revealing Himself in this world, we play a part in communicating the good news of His love and redemption to hurting people in a lovely but also broken world.
It’s no coincidence that our Immanuel Church blog is launching during Mobilize, a sermon series that has been focusing on how God is already at work and how He’s asked us, the church, to join Him in His work.
As we’ve been embracing these truths — that we ARE the Church on mission and that we are missionaries everywhere we go– it’s beyond fitting for us to come together in this space outside of our church building walls and do life the Jesus way: by sharing our stories.
By sharing His story.
Let’s speak and listen and linger long in these stories that continue to unwrap His big-picture story together.
Because He never meant for us to live out our stories, His story alone.