I began preparing several lessons for my youth today on Advent Conspiracy, and it got me thinking. (For those of you who are not familiar with Advent Conspiracy watch their 2009 promo video.
During one of the sessions on the DVD one of the pastors talked about the idea of “entering into a story,” I had to stop and wonder “what does he mean by that?” I had heard the phrase before, but hadn’t really gotten past the face value of it before. And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me.
I had heard that we as Christian’s are taking part in the greatest story ever told, one of incredible and immense love of an amazing God. I recently read Donal Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” which talks a great deal about the idea of living into a greater story. It is a book about stepping outside of our normal, manageable lives and taking risks. According to Miller, if we look at our lives like a movie many of us would not want to watch it.
What I think is meant by entering into a story is not to repeat the earlier parts, but to connect our part with the parts of those who came before us. As Christians we have a long history, sometimes good, sometimes misguided, and sometimes shameful, but we have that corporate history. If we want to truly join in the story of the church we cannot just sit on the sidelines, we cannot only go on Sunday mornings. We have to realize that our lives involve much more than just ourselves, it is about God’s love for the entirety of the world.
When we commit to enter into the story of Christ and his love for the world, it might look a little strange. We may need to go to the bad part of town, we may need to go to a different part of the world, we may even need to step way outside our comfort zone. There is one thing that we have to do before we can do anything and that is resolve to step into the story.
One of my favorite songs is called “You Might Die Trying” by Dave Matthews Band, and the lyrics say “To change the world starts with one step, However small, first step is hardest of all.” I think this is so true, so let us determine together to take the first step.