People love stories. That’s why we flock to the theater, read novels, and pay attention
when the Pastor tells a story in his sermon. There’s something about the unknown of what will happen that excites us. Adventure, romance, danger, pain, pleasure, joy, and sorrow grip us as we see/watch/listen. But we often forget our own story. It doesn’t seem as exciting as the movies or the adventures of other people. Our stories often seem too dull and normal to take the time to remember. But God remembers. He is deeply interested in our story because our lives are for His glory.
He remembers when I first became awakened to the idea that He wasn’t boring. He remembers the night when a bunch of high school students crammed into a small living room and spent the night listening to martyr stories. He remembers when I first picked up a guitar and started singing. He remembers the first prophetic word someone gave to me. He remembers when I moved to Kansas City in 2005 during a huge blizzard at 19 years old. All these things matter to Him.
In the movies, there’s always dramatic music in the background, but in our lives we never hear it. All the small decisions and events don’t seem too dramatic, but in reality, they are. They form the gift of love we give to Jesus when we stand before Him that day. They’re even important enough for God to base our eternal rewards on. One small 80 – 90 year time frame determines the rewards and positions we will have in the next age forever:
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” – Hebrews 9:27
“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” -Matt 16:27
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” -Rev 22:12
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body…” -2 Cor 5:9-10
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6
The seemingly insignificant things are a big deal to God and if we could just get a hold of that, we’d live a lot differently. In essence, life is made up of many small decisions over time. They may not seem important in the moment but as time goes on, they really form our story before God. How tragic would it be too undermine the importance of the small events & decisions in our lives because they weren’t “big” enough, only to find that we never really lived.
The decision to not get angry at the bad driver on the road, the decision to serve our wives when we’re tired, the decision to open our Bible again instead of turning on the television, the decision to disciple someone when it’s inconvenient, the decision to not speak a harsh word, the decision to show integrity at the work place. They all add up and form the story of our lives. Let’s not forgot how valuable they are to God.