There is a huge difference in being a true follower of Jesus and empty religion. One is a grand STORY that we have been invited into with Him…the other is a tireless effort and striving to do what’s right, hoping it’s enough but never really feeling like it is. One is being with God…relationship. The other is doing…often beckoning a distant God in our time of need, wondering if He really will show up, and most often feeling disappointed, disillusioned, and even rejected.
Truly great stories include heroes and heroines, adventure, good, evil, pain, beauty, victory, defeat, war, peace, death, birth, and, of course, a really great love story. We’ve not heard much of our Kingdom story. Our religion has often been reduced to fragmented bits and pieces of information, formulas, and lists of do’s and don’ts. But what about the story…the greatest story ever told? We are living it!
If we really understood this, would it change the way we go through life? Would we wake up fully entering into and welcoming all that is written on the page of today? Would we be a bit more accepting of the mess and the pain and the death involved, knowing that without these elements, we couldn’t truly have the passion, peace, love, joy, and real life we so desire and were made for? Would we allow ourselves to be pursued, responding in delight? What if we don’t have to write our own story, but instead get eyes to see the amazing one we’re in? Eyes to see who He is and who we are becoming…eyes to see Him and His Kingdom here and now. In our understanding of this, would there possibly be less striving, less worrying, less guilt, less fearing of the next chapter? The Author knows what He’s doing, and the end of the story really is too good to be true. We only need a willing heart to respond to the invitation to see – saying “I do” each and every day.