The movie director Shekhar Kapur said in a TED talk that “[w]e are the stories we tell ourselves….A story is the relationship that you develop between who you are, or who you potentially are, and the infinite world.” And so stories bridge the existential gap. In other words, humans have an innate sense that we are not just evolved bags of fizzing chemicals, but body and soul, created for purpose and holiness and joy. And so we tell stories to connect to these perceived realities. We tell stories to make sense of what is going on around us and how we feel. What is the story you tell yourself?
The Christian gospel–that Jesus lived, died and was raised to new life–is the culminating announcement of the great, overarching story. It is the story that encapsulates all the right ones (and excludes all the wrong ones). And because the gospel is the meta-story, it’s reach goes further than we often realize. It is meant to be an all-of-life story. Not just the ABC’s of the Christian life, but the A to Z of the Christian life. And so we’re going to tell the story again this Sunday, for our ongoing salvation, and for the salvation of those who do not yet believe. Pray for fruit.