A God Story: Walking closely with Jesus and following Him in surrender as He unfolds His perfect will for your life.
I stood in the sanctuary after church, talking with a friend who had gotten married since I’d last seen her. “It’s a God story, Amy”, she told me with joy as she started to tell me her story. My heart rejoiced – God stories are my favorite! “I want mine to be one, too.” I earnestly replied.
But, even more, I want my whole LIFE to be a God story – don’t you, friend? A life that displays God’s power and goodness, a life that is only explainable by Jesus, a life that points to God – a life story that is clearly written by the hand of God. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” – and I am so glad! Jesus is so wonderful and wise, His heart is love, and His plan is perfect. I am so grateful that He is the Author of our story… I just want to let Him write His story freely in my life!
After surrendering to Jesus at salvation, it is then a daily, moment-by-moment yielding to Jesus by the power of His life in us. In the daily, moment-by-moment surrender, I need His help and strength so desperately. Are you with me?
Our life and story is made up of moments. It really takes place in the daily attitudes of our heart, Truth we know we should live out, promptings of the Holy Spirit to follow, choices to walk by the Spirit instead of the flesh, etc. There are moments when we know we should: respond in love to someone who hurt us, slip off the computer and soak in time with Jesus, walk in Truth instead of how we feel, obey something that He is leading us to do, etc. In these moments, we can yield to Him, say, ”Yes, Lord”, obey by His grace, and experience the joy of closer fellowship with Him as we walk into His best with Him, or, we can respond in selfishness and hinder our fellowship with Him and His very best in our lives.
Maybe you have found this, too? When I walk in yieldedness to Jesus, I see that He is all that I need and His plan is perfect. I witness Him do wonders and my heart sings that nothing compares to His best. Yet, the times I sin by trying to take control of the “pen” of my life and write what I think He has for me, or what I think is best, my peace fades and I make mistakes as I stumble away from His best. Then Jesus so graciously brings repentance to my heart, forgiveness, redemption, and guides me back to surrender and the joy of experiencing Him. I see afresh that I don’t want anything but Him, His glory, and His story for me.
That is really what a God story – and the purpose of our lives - is about: A close walk of dependent obedience to and relationship of love with Jesus, His work in us, and His guiding our steps and working through us for His glory!
It is only in this place that truly we are satisfied, He is glorified, and others are blessed. It is so essential to remember that the story of our life is a part of His Story of redemption – the beautiful love story of God drawing His people to Himself! He has a special plan for your life story as a part of this biggest story.
It is so important not to compare the story that God is writing in our lives to the lives of others. While the Lord and His Truth are always the same, every story is different because we are all individuals and the Lord knows exactly what you need to fulfill the purpose that He has for your life.
Over the past months, the Lord has been highlighting for me in His Word the verses in the Gospels where Jesus says, “Follow Me.” It is a call to surrender everything – our self, desires, agenda – and follow the One that created, saved, and is our King! It is a call to follow Him – not knowing where He will lead, but knowing He is all we need.
When we follow Jesus in surrender, we find the answer to the longings of our hearts in Him and He leads us into His perfect plan for our lives. We find true life. Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:24-25) This is how we FIND our life – the life in Jesus for which we were created – and where He writes His beautiful story!
It is following Him and trusting Him for our:
~ Salvation, growth, and satisfaction
~ Daily needs, questions, struggles
~ Strength and grace
~ Guidance and future
~ and everything else!
There is no peace like the peace of following Jesus in surrender, resting in His hands, listening for His call to obey, walking in the grace that He always provides to do what He calls us to do, and letting Him do His amazing work in and through us!
The story of a person’s life is really as beautiful as the one whose hand it is in.
This story is a journey of faith – a beautiful, sometimes rugged, always-worth-it journey – of believing that God knows far better than we do.
This past season for me has been a chapter that I didn’t expect as part of God’s story for my life. Yet, I am seeing more and more beautiful glimpses of His purposes - that the times of pain, questions, and weakness were exactly what the Lord knew I needed to give me more of Himself, do a deep work in my heart, direct my steps in His plan, prepare me for what He has ahead, and so much more! The longer I walk with Jesus, the more He shows me - I do not need to know the whole story of my life, because I know the Author. “Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:2)
The One Who gave His life for us can so be trusted with every detail of the story of our life from beginning to end!
You can trust the Author, because you know:
~ His heart – He is loving, wise, perfect, and so much more!
~ His promises – He will never leave us (Heb. 13:5), He knows the plans He has for us (Jer. 29:11), all things work together for good for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28), etc.
~ The ending of the Story – You will spend eternity with Him forever!
I am so excited about the story God is writing in your life, friend! I am praying for you and cheering as He writes His perfect story in you. He has amazing things in store!
I know that when we reach the end of our lives and look back over the story God has written in our lives, we will say with Psalm 18:30, “This God—his way is perfect.”
May our hearts echo this prayer:
“I trust You and Your love, Lord.
Please have Your way in me.
I want You to write Your story freely in my life.
Please be glorified.
In the Name of Jesus, Who makes it possible,
Yes, that is what we want - a God story life.