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Day Five: Be In THE Story

Friday, August 14th, 2015

So don’t be anxious about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

But seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

- Matthew 6.31-33

Would you rather be the star in your high school play where the spotlight and applause lasts for mere hours, or would you rather be a supporting actor in the greatest production of all-time and that will be remembered and applauded for all eternity? There is no devotional tomorrow, so we’ll go over the answer right now. It’s pretty obvious, right? Don’t you wish tests in school were this easy? Going back to the question… heck, I would rather be a stagehand in the greatest production of all-time than try to nostalgically eek out the last bits of acclaim from my theatrical crowning glory as Scarecrow #2 in the Wizard of Oz.

“A single day in your courts

is better than a thousand anywhere else!

I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.

He gives us grace and glory.

The Lord will withhold no good thing

from those who do what is right.”

- Psalm 84.10-11 (NLT)

We spend so much thought and energy to trying to figure out our own story. What do I want to be when I grow up? How can I get ahead? What can I do to make my life better? We dream and daydream about our future… ideal school, ideal job, ideal social life, ideal family life, etc. Ironically, and tragically, when our own story is our first concern, we end up losing ourselves… all that would truly make us happy, fulfilled and satisfied seem to slip through our fingers like sand.

“Those who try to hold on to their lives will give up true life. Those who give up their lives for me will hold on to true life.” - Matthew 10.39 (NCV)

Be obsessed with knowing God’s story. Incredibly, God offers you a role, a vital role to play in his story, the greatest story of all-time. The spotlight is on Christ and the applause will be for him, but you will be utterly and eternally satisfied, fulfilled and joyful. Devote yourself to God’s concerns and Christ’s ambitions, for the Lord will take care of all your needs. Give up your life to him, and discover the life that surpasses your wildest dreams. Be in THE Story and live THE LIFE!

Day Four: Your Role in THE Story (Part 2)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Day Three: Your Role in THE Story (Part 1)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Day Two: Look to the Lord

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Day One: Look Up

Monday, August 10th, 2015