by Sandy Kirby Quandt
This time of year is a flurry of activity with plays, music performances, Nativity reenactments, and stories galore. Seems everyone wants to be a part of the story of Jesus’ birth.
The Christmas before Pie’s fifth birthday he was a shepherd in the church Christmas program. He knew his part, and the parts of everyone else in the play. When the teen next to Pie forgot his part at one point of the performance, Pie nudged him with his elbow and said, “It’s your turn.” And fed the boy his lines. Too cute.
While we want to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ birth through plays, concerts, and stories, I wonder. Are we equally excited to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and what that means to the world?
As the last days of the Apostle Peter’s life drew near, he made it his mission to remind his listeners of the truths he told them. He wanted to “wake them up with a reminder” so they would not forget the story of Peter’s life that was entwined with the life of Christ.
The words Peter preached were not cleverly contrived myths. They were eyewitness accounts of Christ’s majesty.
Peter warned the early believers not to become complacent. He warned them not to let the things of the world influence their life story. The same warnings hold true for followers of Jesus today, just as surely as they did when Peter spoke them.
Peter was an eyewitness to Jesus’ glory. He heard God say Jesus was God’s son in whom God was well pleased. Peter was part of Jesus’ story.
While we may not be a part of the Christmas pageant, we can be part of Jesus’ story by being eyewitnesses who share the story God is writing on our life with others. Our story is not cleverly contrived. It is the truth as God has shown it to us.
How are you a part of someone else’s story?
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I plan to keep on reminding you of these things even though you already know them and are really getting along quite well! 2 Peter 1:12 (TLB)
I wish you well,
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