“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace...
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
Stories are powerful. Politicians have long understood their power. It’s why the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, and Romans embraced dynastic mythologies. It’s why every school age child learns the history of their nation, and why politicians are willing to battle over elementary history curriculum. A story can make someone abandon comfort, risk loss, even lay down their life.
National stories are powerful; so too are our personal stories. Your personal story can dictate your pattern of life. If you’re living a story of hurt, you may isolate yourself; you may struggle to experience joy; you may be prone to anger; you may become impatient and hold grudges at the slightest provocation.
We all live out the stories we believe about ourselves, which is why Paul reminds the Ephesians of the story that’s true of them in Christ. They have entered an age of sacred fellowship because Jesus has re-written their stories. They, who once were isolated individuals, have each personally been welcomed into the family of God, and united together through Him!
The church of Ephesus had a choice. They could live their personal stories, or they could live a beautiful new story in Jesus. We have a choice, too. What story are you living?
Jesus, thank you for adopting me into your story. Your story is one of power and grace. Show me more clearly how I can live your gospel story this week. Amen