Have you ever read a biography? One of my favorites is the “story” of Adoniram Judson. Judson’s biography is story…his-story. You have a story and I have a story. Interestingly, our stories originate with our parents’ stories and theirs with their parents, and on and on.
So where does “story” begin? Who is the originator of the original story? Evolution? That is laughable! Non-intelligence does not “tell” intelligent-life stories. I hike in the desert and climb in the desert mountains and collect rocks. One might look at a rock formation and say, “This rock formation has a story to tell.” However, the rock remains silent. Rather, we tell a story based on our understanding of where the rock was found, its elemental makeup, etc.
The originator of story is God, the source of intelligence—the source of story. He is the originator of all stories in that one story is intricately connected with every other story, even though we may not readily see the connection. Why? Because all human stories go back to the first human story.
Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning God.” He is the Originator. He is the Storyteller of storytellers. And He told the first human story: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”’ Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV) So begins Adam and Eve’s story, and so begins your story and mine.
Is the Storyteller a Part of Your Story?
At the heart of every story is the heart of the triune God (you will note that He refers to Himself in the preceding passage in the plural form) who desires to be a part of every person’s story. However, He does not force Himself into your story or mine. When He “wrote” the original story, it was with the proviso that for Him to be a meaningful day-to-day part of our story we must choose make Him a part of it.
In Matthew 22:37-40 Christ said this about the entire revealed Word of God: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (NKJV) God wants to be an integral part of your story and mine, but love is a choice.
Have you made the Originator, the Storyteller of storytellers a part of your story? Ultimately stories are about relationships. God wants a vital relationship with each one of us. We enter into relationship with God through the person of Christ. Sin separates us from God. Faith in Christ’s provision at Calvary brings us into vital relationship with God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NKJV
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8 NKJV
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Faith in what Christ accomplished for us at Calvary brings God, the Originator of story, directly into a person’s story, and begins a relationship that enhances the person’s story. God’s desire is that your story and mine would become a love story. He loves you and me and desires that we would love Him in return. In I John 4:19 we are told that “we love Him because He first loved us.” NKJV
Why Believe in the Storyteller?
You might ask why you should even believe in God, in the Originator of story. In that case you should read my book, The God Question. In it I discuss evidences for the existence of God. It is available from Amazon in paperback and as an e-book—an inexpensive read.
What are your thoughts on the Storyteller of storytellers? Just think, the Originator of all stories loves you! Wow!