If it is you who is the “star” of your story, your story is MUCH too small and will always leave you dissatisfied and unfulfilled. When you think about it, it really is silly to view ourselves as the star of our story. From beginning to end, Jesus Christ is the star of our story, because our story is wrapped up in His story. Our lives begin and end with Him, He who is the Creator of all things (John 1:3) and the Judge of all men (2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus showed up as the Star; He saved us as the Star; and He calls us into His story to acknowledge Him for who He is and what He has done as the Star.
Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
We acknowledge Jesus before men when we make Him the Star of our story. And as the Star, He gets top billing, He receives the headlines, and He gets all of the accolades. We need to remember that if it wasn’t for Jesus there would be no glory in our story! It would be a story only of total depravity, terrible destruction, and a timeless, terrifying death.
Regardless of where this finds you—whether you are riding the crest of the wave or the waves of challenge are crashing over you—it’s all about Him. Every success is about Him, and every season of struggle is about Him . . . whether we like it or not!
He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
God does what He wants and He does it right well! And as the Star of our story, He does not need to explain Himself to us. Our story is written by Him and for Him and He knows best what the individuals scenes should look like in order that He would be glorified.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
So . . . who is the star of your story? Who is writing the final few chapters? When all we do is done for His glory, Jesus is the Star who stands at the center of our story, a story that can be summed up in a word: GLORY!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!