The body of Christ is made up of all kinds of people from varying walks of life. The same God who made the color spectrum made each of us. With all the shades and expressions of colors, there are even more dimensions to our individual life stories. Each person’s life experiences differs drastically from the next.
Part of the beauty of the Bride of Christ is her individual uniqueness within the collective. Our individual journey adds vibrancy to both the whole of our communion with God and our connection to each other. Our personal history stirs and inspires others because our story is really God’s story. In addition, since we are all one in Him, your story also becomes mine.
Our story has power
Our distinctive life narration has power because it is the testimony of Jesus. It is a tale, somewhat fantastical and seemingly well suited for a fictional classification rather than nonfiction. The incredible account of Jesus certainly does seem to take great faith to believe. Great trust is required to believe an all powerful king would humble himself and die for a bunch of ungrateful, ill deserving, lowlives who mock and reject Him.
Yet, this king above all other kings does go lower than anyone ever has or ever will, and why? For relationship, He seeks friendship with the very same hard-hearted people who killed Him and celebrated the blood shed. His motive was so pure, He overcame, even death and raised Himself back to life. In His return, He did not seek vengeance, but offers the greatest gift ever…Himself…perfect love wrapped in total forgiveness.
To hell and back
Jesus went through hell and back, literally, so we would know above all else that He calls us. He calls us, not wretched, but His own, His own sons and daughters. He longs to share everything He owns in His kingdom with us. He offers access for free. In fact, He pays the bill in full with His own blood, sweat, and tears. Who would do this? We know the answer is Jesus, only Jesus.
How can this story even be real? Yet, astonishingly, it is, unbelievably true. The story plays out differently in each of us, and it’s equally absurd each time it’s told. It’s crazy, unrealistic, but so true. Jesus’ story in each of us…His epic saga of victory and overcoming in our life is powerful. Jesus’ compelling and prevailing testimony is your story, and it’s my story. This story needs heard.
What unites us
When our adventures with Jesus are shared, it unites us. Our spirit remembers that we are connected, that your story is my story too…it’s our story. We are inspired, and the fire of hope is fanned once again. Faith is given new wings to fly in each of us. We remember we were made to overcome, together, not alone. We remember where we belong and to whom we belong…to God and His family, His tribe, His people, His sons and daughters.
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” ~ Revelation 12:10-11 TLB
A perspective shift
Who are “they” in Revelation 12? Who is Jesus talking about? You and me. We were once accused together, and now we triumph together. We triumph over the enemy through our testimony. Each time our story is retold another blow strikes the enemy. Each time new ears hear the record of what God has done in our life, a perspective is shifted.
God’s children begin to see Him in a new light and with a clearer picture. Possibility is released into the air. What God did for one, He can do again. What He did for you, He can do for me. What He was for you in that situation, He can be again for me in my place of incredible need.
Share your story
What is the story of Jesus in your life that we need to hear? How has Jesus triumphed through you? How can we benefit from hearing about what God has done in you and through you? Will you share below so we can be strengthened and inspired?