For we are God’s workmanship (His masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God has great plans for this New Year, and he wants those plans to involve each of us!
“Lower Story” and “Upper Story” are two important terms briefly introduced last Sunday as we embarked on our year long journey through “The Story.” Randy Frazee does a much better job explaining the pertinence of these terms to this study … and to our lives:
The “Lower Story” reveals the here and now of daily life, the experiences and circumstances we see here on earth. Goals and fears, responsibilities and reactions. In the Lower Story we make money, pay bills, get sick, get tired, deal with breakups, and work through conflicts. These are the story elements we care about, and as people of faith we trust God to meet our needs in this Lower Story. And he does! God meets us in each of our Lower Stories and helps us by offering us wisdom and guidance on getting through life with wisdom and purpose. He intervenes and applies healing salve to our physical and emotional wounds. Like a tenderhearted Father, God loves to lavish us with his care, stretching out his arms to comfort us when we are in distress and encourage us when we are down.
But he has a higher agenda than our survival and comfort. When we rise above the here and now, look beyond the daily grind, and view each of these stories in the Bible from God’s perspective, we see something much bigger ….the Bible isn’t filled with a thousand individual stories of God’s intervention just to get people through rough times, but rather one grand story of something larger, something eternal.
This is the Upper Story. As we view the Bible through this lens, we see that God has been up to something amazing from the very beginning. He has a vision, a big idea, and it is all good news for us. When we look at the Upper Story of God … we discover where we fit in, because this story was created to deliver one singular message: “If you want to live life to the fullest and enjoy it forever, then become part of my masterpiece.” (from “The Heart of the Story,” pp 18-19)
“The Story” continues tonight and most Sunday nights during 2012 – 6:00pm in the Auditorium.
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