Every Good Story Needs a Character…

Every good story needs a great character.  Someone who is complex, deep, and has a history.  Because every story needs someone to follow its journey…it needs a protagonist.  There are not any quick, easy recipes from Betty Crocker that allow you to create a character for your story.  Often the most interesting characters are the ones with the most difficult histories.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

  •  For you created my inmost being;
  • you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
  • 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
  • your works are wonderful,
  • I know that full well.
  • 15My frame was not hidden from you
  • when I was made in the secret place.
  • When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
  • 16your eyes saw my unformed body.
  • All the days ordained for me
  • were written in your book
  • before one of them came to be.
  • Psalm 139

God knows us, and He knows our story.  He knew it before we were even born.  Nothing was or has been kept secret from Him.  From our name to our profession, and our faults, God knows us.  It’s about more than just a name and physical appearance though.  While He knows the hairs upon our head, God has created us with so much more in mind.  We spend so much time on our superficial appearance.  We worry about our looks, the way we sound, the clothes we wear.  We even change our name if we don’ t like it (or try to come up with hip, cool, unique names for our kids) with the hopes that these superficial things will help determine our life’s path.

You see, every character needs a back story…something to give him or her depth, meaning, history, a life.  In popular culture you’ll often hear spies and undercover officers on those exciting TV show talk about making sure their “back story” is bulletproof.  And while God has known you since before you were born, He still needs to “create” a back story for you.  That back story is your life, and every back story…even ones that God writes, need time and pivotal events to be developed.

Think about the back stories of some of the most important figures in the Bible.  Jesus…a middle-aged carpenter and momma’s boy.  Lived a very nondescript life until stepping out into the public light.  He needed a back story that proved His divinity and innocence.  Jacob has a very turbulent back story starting with a prophecy.  Even in the womb, Jacob was a fighter and battler.  John the Baptist is a man of mystery.  His back story talks about his birth to a “mute” father, but then there is a gap where we know that he separated himself from society.  He remains a mystery until he baptizes Jesus.  Paul/Saul has one of the most twisted of  .  He was a slayer of Christians.  His job was to hunt down, try, and punish Christians for their crimes.  He participated in the stoning of Stephen.  Mary Magdalene is one of the few Biblical figures with a back story to rival Paul’s.  This woman was a prostitute possessed by seven demons.  She was one of the most influential and commonly mentioned women in the Bible.

Throughout the Bible, God has created unique, interesting, and often troubled   for His “characters.”  Then He has “used” those stories to make the work those characters have done even more powerful.  Your back story is about what you have experienced – what you have seen and heard.  A real Christian has experiences he or she can talk about: their experiences with God through Jesus Christ. We as Christians are called to a relationship of real communication with the Son of God. When the Spirit comes to live inside us, things change. God deals with every person in a different way. The more Christians that come forward and talk about how God has intervened in their life, the more people will begin to realize that God is for real, miracles do happen, and prayer works.

Your back story does not have to be super dramatic or unusual to be effective. Not everyone can relate personally to a sensational back story. If on the other hand your testimony is weak because you can’t point to a change in your life, could it be that you have not really lived your life for God properly? Are you trying to live with one foot in God’s Kingdom and the other in the world?

The ultimate goal of a back story is to be shared or tested.  If you never share your back story with anyone, what is the purpose of having one?  God has written your back story for a reason.  Do you know what that reason is?  Has anyone ever tested your back story?  Does anyone even know it?

Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” To be a witness to Jesus is to speak and communicate the things that you have seen and heard in your life, that happened because of Jesus. Its the Holy Spirit who makes Jesus real to us, and makes Jesus real through us.

I pray that God has given you a back story.  I pray that your live your back story.  I pray that you use your back story as God intended…for the benefit of the people around you and the betterment of God’s Kingdom.

Live your story.

One Love
One God
One Way

Jason

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~ by archangel66 on November 6, 2012.

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