History!

Have you ever broken a school record or witnessed someone else breaking a record in an athletic event?

Do you remember when Brett Favre started 297 games straight? How about when Jerry Rice scored 22 touchdowns in 12 games? What about Usain Bolt and all of the records he broke in Track and Field?

Do you remember the first The first African American female Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 2005–2009 or the first African American female  television host- but of course, Oprah Winfrey? Where were you in 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger disaster occurred or September 11, 2001, when two planes were hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers in New York City? Hurricane Katrina, Harvey? President Barak Obama…need I say more?

Keep living and you will continue to witness history. At every stage of your life, you can recall a major event and remember where you were and what you were doing.

The story of Jesus tells like none other. Many Hollywood movies have been created to capture His time here on Earth, His message, His anguish, and His victory. He did not go through all of this for fame. In fact, this world’s system of fame and fortune would not have been an adequate reward. The recognition that Jesus sought was the glory of His Father, to be revealed through His legacy, life, and history. And Jesus did all of it for YOU!

From birth to death and beyond the grave, can you imagine what it felt like to be rejected of many and followed by most because of the things you could provide? Can you imagine the emotional hurt (you do know he was wrapped in flesh as we are which means Jesus had feelings too, right?) of people not following you to really understand who you are, what you like/dislike, what your passions are, what your goals are, where you come from, and your purpose?

Oh…but wait a minute.

This still happening today. Most people still reject who Jesus is but they desire to receive what the things that He can offer based on what they have heard or seen Him do for others.

Can you imagine the inward battles and thoughts of the 12 Disciples who followed Jesus? Think about the ridicule and rejection they received from their childhood friends and co-workers. What about the lack of support and understanding from their families who probably thought they were crazy to leave everything to follow this…MAN, who had no where to live, no possessions…and yet…He still had everything He needed because His Father supplied it. Everything they experienced became a part of History…His-story!

How about this one.

Do you remember how you felt when you completely surrendered to the will of our Heavenly Father? It was at that moment, You became a part of history…HIS-STORY.

Have you ever been rejected by family and loved ones because you didn’t do what “they” thought was best for you? You didn’t marry who they thought would be in your best interest. You did not place the children in the school “they” thought was better. You’re too good now, “they” say because you decided to give your life to Christ and that means separating yourself from anyone or anything that is not like Him. Well, now…You became a part of history…HIS-STORY!

Every moment of your life that led to total submission to the Lord is and was a part of history. You are a part of His-Story. Guess what? Your place in His-Story will be talked about forever. Yes your testimony will save the young lady’s life who does not want to live anymore because she feels no one will believe her story of abuse and molestation by a family member. Your story, which is now HIS-Story will help that young man who struggles with fitting in. So he associates with other young men who rob and steal or sell drugs. He does not want to but He sees no other way out…until he learns of your story which is HIS-Story! Your story will help that person struggling with depression and suicide; outwardly things seem okay but inwardly they struggle with loving themselves.

You have purpose and you have meaning in every breath that you take. While you may never stand behind a physical podium to share HIS-Story and what it means to you, everyday we awake, we arise to the podium of life. That podium and stage is set for you to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He made history. His-story was and is to make you better!

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

 

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:1-11, 19 NLT)

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