We all have one.
Each believer has a story that tells of when and how Christ met them and saved them. Our different testimonies are all over the map. And somehow, we all place our story on a “most dramatic to least dramatic spectrum”. We mistakenly place value on stories. Some people have stories of redemption from drugs and alcohol. Some people have stories of God saving them from prostitution. Some people have stories of being saved when they were 9 years old. Some people have stories of redemption from living like a “good, moral person” instead of living in a relationship with Christ.
They are all beautiful, well written stories.
What saddens my heart, is when people are ashamed of their story. They place worth on their story.
I’ve heard women start their testimony with, “Well, I don’t have a really significant story but…”
On the other hand, I’ve seen women hold back from sharing because they are incredibly embarrassed of their life pre-Jesus.
I’ve seen women place themselves on this “dramatic” scale and compare their stories to those around them.
But guys, we are all part of the same story. The story of God. The story of redemption of man. The story of our mighty savior.
Not only that, but God wrote each little story of us within His larger story so delicately. He put effort into writing YOUR life. Be proud of who He is and what He has done in your heart regardless of what it looks like next to someone else’s. The value of your story lies in the value of your God. We need to have a kingdom view of our stories. If we don’t look at the bible as one big story, we miss out on the big picture of what God is doing.
For example, you can read the story of David and look at it as just this little guy with a little rock who became a murderer and then learned a lot in the process of seeking the Lord. OR you can look at the story of David as a small part of the bigger story, The Bible, our God. You can see God working in the life of David and how He carries out His promises from generation-to-generation. In the same way, we can look at our lives like this. We get the honor of having kingdom vision and get to see the work the Lord is doing through us for His glory, no matter our story.
In reality, we are all in need of Jesus just as much as the person next to us. The ex-prostitute and the 9 year old who will grow up in church her whole life are both sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God. They both need the blood of Jesus to cover them.
Let us be rid of the “dramatic” spectrum and hold on to the fact that we are all part of the same great drama.
We get the honor of being part of God’s story even when we can’t see the end result or how it all works together.
Praise God for your story! Thank you for using each of our lives for your honor and glory and for knowing us so deeply.
even the hairs of your head are all numbered -Matthew 10:30