When I was young, I always imagined myself as part of a bigger story. I daydreamed about having super powers or finding out that my Dad was really a secret agent. When I went with my friends to see Batman in the theaters, I left feeling like Bruce Wayne. I didn’t just watch Ghostbusters (and yes, it’s the 80’s version. And yes, I watched it in the theaters.) I became a ghost buster!
This is an imagination that is built into all of us. A longing to be swept up in a story bigger than ourselves. A vision for our future that is powerful and meaningful.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:1-3 ESV –
In the beginning Jesus was there. Not only was he present during creation, but all things were made through him. By his voice creation exploded into being—an event so cataclysmic we are barely able to comprehend it.[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]By his voice creation exploded into being—an event so cataclysmic we are barely able to comprehend it.[/pullquote]
But that wasn’t the only thing Jesus set into motion with his words.
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 ESV –
This is the story you and I find ourselves in. Jesus didn’t write a book or become the leader of a country. He started a movement with his words. The same voice that spoke creation into being spoke the church into being. This is what you and I have the privilege to be a part of.
The local church doesn’t feel big all the time. Sometimes it gets really hard. We live in a time where everyone tells us our success rises and falls on our public perception. We get caught up fighting distracting political battles and loose sight of the calling and identity God has placed on us. But our story is bigger and more eternal than we could ever comprehend. It doesn’t depend on our political influence or average attendance. Our movement is powerful and eternal because our leader is powerful and eternal.[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Our movement is powerful and eternal because our leader is powerful and eternal.[/pullquote]
We all long to be a part of a bigger story, but we are already are a part of it. It’s called the local church. We just need a dose of God’s perspective to see it. Oh, that we would grasp the power of the story we are already in! I believe this is a big part of what God is doing in this next season. A revival of his people. An awakening to the power of the community and the job in front of us.