If I wrote my own story

Calhoun Times - - RELIGION -

you didn’t get to read it, just email me, and I’ll ex­plain.

As I was writ­ing last week’s ar­ti­cle, I felt like I had to re­ally ex­plain the at­mos­phere that was there at the game. In do­ing so, I was worried that I was tak­ing too much time to get to Je­sus. I thought to my­self…” This is a Chris­tian ar­ti­cle, why am I writ­ing so much about the game? When am I go­ing to get to Je­sus?” I ques­tioned my­self… “Is there go­ing to be enough Je­sus in this story?”

I at­tended a re­vival ser­vice at Da­m­as­cus Baptist Church one time. My for­mer pas­tor Larry Hib­berts is the pas­tor there now, and my friend Terry Triv­ette was preach­ing that night. Just be­fore giv­ing the in­vi­ta­tion, Terry asked a huge ques­tion that I had never heard. He asked… “If you, or some­one else was writ­ing a bi­og­ra­phy of your life, how much Je­sus would be in it?”

Se­ri­ously, this is great ques­tion.

The truth is, when we claim to be a fol­lower if Je­sus Christ, are we fol­low­ing Him all the time, or just most of the time? Are we al­low­ing Je­sus to di­rectly lead us all week, or just one day and a night? How much of our day is de­voted to Je­sus?

John 15: 4- 8 reads, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can­not bear fruit of it­self, ex­cept it abide in the vine; no more can ye, ex­cept ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for with­out me ye can do noth­ing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is with­ered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Fa­ther glo­ri­fied, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my dis­ci­ples.”

In other words… Je­sus is telling us that IF we’re not in His will con­stantly, we will not bear spir­i­tual fruit. Just like branches of a grape vine will not pro­duce grapes, apart from the vine. If we’re not pro­duc­ing the kind of fruit that leads oth­ers to faith in Christ, then what is the use of us be­ing here? On the other hand… If we re­main in the will of God, we will bear much fruit and glo­rify God the Fa­ther.

So how much Je­sus would it take to write your life’s story, a lit­tle or a lot? When we truly sur­ren­der our lives to Christ, then the story be­comes about Him, not about us. We be­come the sup­port­ing cast, and He is the main char­ac­ter. It’s ei­ther all about Him, or it isn’t. Make the story about Him and you will Be Blessed.

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