This year in the youth ministry, our theme was “His Story, Our Story, and My Story”.
His Story (God’s story) begins with the creation of the world, and includes the fall of mankind through Adam and Eve, the continuous turning from and returning to God, and salvation through the birth, the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. God’s story continues today, through the fellowship, service, and action of God’s people.
Our Story, whether that of UCUMC or the church in general, is the story of the generations who have gone before us, following Christ and living their lives to that extent.
Psalm 78:1-4, which was our theme verse for the year, says,
“My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
Our Story is a story of generations… From the creation of the world to present day, it is the passing on of story after story of God’s great and mighty power, of his grace and mercy, and of the great things he has done.
My Story (or your story) involves acknowledging my part in God’s great story. It involves recognizing the moments in my life where God has been working and is working—times and places where I have encountered Jesus. My Story involves identifying what my life was like before Christ and what it is like now, after encountering Christ.
As I think about how God’s story, our story and my story tie together, I can’t help but notice that HIS story is MY story and MY story is OUR story and OUR story is HIS story.
Stick with me here…
My story (and your story) is that I am covered in sin – we all are! Romans 3:23 says that all of us have sinned and continuously fall short of the glory of God. The price or cost for that sin is death- my sin (and your sin) means that I deserve death. But that’s just part of my/our/his story!
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. For those of us who confess Jesus as our savior and believe that his death paid the price or cost of our sin—we are saved! (Romans 10:9) Our story is that of a life (and death) in sin. But God’s story is that of redemption—of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Our story as believers is that God re-wrote our story in sending his son to dies for us—that our story would be one of life and of the wonders God does in and through us!
My story is His story. His story is Our story.
What’s YOUR story?