The Greatest Stories Ever Told


 Lots of people I know have trouble reading the Bible.  The passages are too long, too hard to understand.  I get it.  I have struggled in the past (sometimes even today) with fully comprehending what God is saying to me through scripture.  One thing that helps me is that, after reading the Word of God for a while, I ask God to explain it to me and walk away from it.  It is in being my everyday self, in just living my life that God begins to expound on the marvelous truth of His Word. 

 Some of the best lessons about the love of God I ever read have never been put on paper. One is often presented by the ushers at my church. When people come into the doors of the church with a bad attitude or a face full of worry and an usher hugs them or shakes their hand and greets them in Jesus’ Name, it takes them completely out of their element and prepares their hearts for worship and the Word of God coming forth. 

 Believe it or not, some of my most important cautionary tales about sin have come from people I’ve known. You watch the downfall of a person from up close, and you see that the way of the transgressor is hard.  Listen to the one who is optimistic in the face of tragedy, even through their tears, and you learn about peace that passes understanding. Pay attention to the grumbler and the complainer whose life remains miserable even when you can see all the blessings and good things going on in their life and learn that you have what you say.  For every scripture in the Bible, there is a living breathing example waiting to prove the truth of the Word you have recently read.

It’s important to read the Bible with the expectation of fully understanding what it means.  Even when it all sounds like Greek to you at the time, trust that God does not lie.  If He said that you have an unction from the Holy One and you know all things (1 John 2:20), it is because He himself has already downloaded the application into your hard-drive.  He’s waiting on you to search the meaning of the thing out.  Reading the Word is not the key to understanding the Word.  Go out into your life, looking for the Word and see how God reveals Himself to you.

 Sundays, when congregants from early service are leaving and members from the later service are coming in, new chapters of the Good News get written. One warm Sunday morning, at such a time, a person who looked very ‘churched,’ was coming into our church for the first time.  As he was coming in, a group of women were going out.  There was laughter, banter and joy being bandied about by these women like bubbles in the air as they discussed where they were headed for breakfast.  All of that seemed insignificant to me until I saw the confused look on the young man’s face.  I looked at him as to inquire if I could help him and he asked, “Do they actually get along?  They seem so…different.”

 

It was then I noticed that in that group of women was a white woman, a black woman and two Latinas.  God had just shown this young man what Galatians 3:28 is alive and well in that we are all one in Christ Jesus.

 God never intended for Revelation to be the last book about Him to ever be written. He had every intention of writing a new book out of each life that He touched. Second Corinthians 3:2&3 addresses the value of being a living testimony to God’s goodness.  “Some people do need letters that tell about them. But you are our letter, and you are in our hearts for everyone to read and understand. You are like a letter written by Christ and delivered by us. But you are not written with pen and ink or on tablets made of stone. You are written in our hearts by the Spirit of the living God.”

Do you want to understand the Word of God?  Read it, then ask Him to explain it.  Then, live life as if God has prepared your every encounter to reveal Himself to you or to someone else through you.   It’s been said that you may be the only bible some people will ever read.  Live one of the greatest stories ever told.

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