These are they who conquered kingdoms by faith. They accomplished righteousness by that same faith and thus secured the promise [by faith and not by performance]. (Mirror Bible)
Does your story include Jesus?
If the Bible was still being written, would it include your life?
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example and warning [to us]; they were written for our instruction [to admonish and equip us], upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (Amplified Bible AMP)
If so, what would your chapter say? Would it speak of your relationship with Jesus and what you accomplished because of it? Take the time to read Hebrews 11 in its entirety. Would you overthrow kingdoms because of your faith? Would you be the one who laps water like a dog, to keep your eyes on the enemy. Will your faith cause you to stand even if you are standing alone? Could someone consider you to be a hero of the faith? Though the grand gestures are in Hebrews 11, there are so many more stories of faith that are recorded in other chapters and in other books all together. Your life may be the only bible some will read. At whatever point you accepted the Father’s invitation to make Jesus your lord, His story became your story.
1 Timothy 4:16 Give careful attention to your spiritual life and every cherished truth you teach, for living what you preach will release salvation inside you and to all those who listen to you. (The Passion Translation TPT)
All the wrinkles in your brow, the lines in your face, the gray in your hair, etc., tell the story of who you are. They tell what you’ve been through and how you got to the place you are in now. Maybe your story would survive canonization and maybe it would not. If you are walking with God, you can rejoice.
Ephesians 3:15-19 And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (The Message MSG)
Make sure when you tell your story, it includes Jesus and His part in it.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for saving me. I thank You for being the lead character in my story. I repent for every time I tried to upstage You and/or write an episode without consulting You. Everything I’ve gone through; all I’ve learned and who I am today results from You being a part of my life. Even when I wasn’t saved; You were there, drawing me. After my salvation, You are still here, molding me, buffing out the rough places and polishing me. If my life is being read by someone who wants to know You; my prayer is for them to see You in me. I take no credit for what I have become. It all is because of You. My life may not look successful according to the world’s standards. I just want to be successful in You. I pray that my life is a roadmap, where the destination is You…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.