Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

If I told you my story

You would hear hope that wouldn't let go

If I told you my story

You would hear love that never gave up

If I told you my story

You would hear life but it wasn't mine

 

If I should speak then let it be

 

Of the grace that is greater than all my sin

Of when justice was served and where mercy wins

Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in

To tell you my story is to tell of Him

 

If I told you my story

You would hear victory over the enemy

If told you my story

You would hear freedom that was won for me

If I told you my story

You would hear life overcome the grave

 

If I should speak then let it be

 

This is my story this is my song praising my Savior all the day long

 

 

 

 

Publishing: © 2015 Word Music, LLC, Weave Country (ASCAP) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Open Hands Music (SESAC) (All rights on behalf of itself and Open Hands Music adm. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

Writers: Mike Weaver / Jason Ingram

TID-bits

Your story.  There’s stuff about it that draws people in.  But only when it’s made known. Shine a light on a person’s life and all kinds of fascinating details show up:

  • Their talent for eating too much ice cream.
  • Their fear of big bugs.
  • The time they got to ride a camel.

Maybe we’re in the office kitchen talking and both of us let out a big sissy whoop when a Texas sized cockroach runs across the counter.  Now we share a common bond.  Light has just shined into something that was hidden before, just as the bug now high-tails it to the darkness behind the coffee maker.  Now we’re talking about horror bug stories, amidst laughter, and we’re forming a bond with one another.

You can’t really know about something about another person until it’s brought into the  light.

God shined His light on a particular character in Mark 1 and a whole bunch of details came out.  John the Baptist lived as a contemporary of Jesus, ministering to people who were first drawn in by his story.  The Bible talks about him in Mark 1:6 as a man clothed with camel’s hair who wore a leather belt - and here’s a detail all the kids in Sunday school love:  He ate bugs!  Locusts, actually, and wild honey!

(Thank you God, for a detail I didn’t need to see in my mind as I’m getting ready to eat breakfast).

But wait!  God, in His wisdom, wanted you to know about John’s diet.  One reason I can think of is that it was a detail that set him apart from the average Joe of John’s day.  Here was a man’s man, who was conquering a harsh desert existence.  He stood out.  His story drew attention.  The Bible talks about the crowds that were drawn to him.  The Bible also had this to say about him:

He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.  The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  John 1:7–9 (ESV)

He came to shed light on the true light.  Jesus.  In reality, that’s what we’re all here to do.  Your life is lived with the light of God’s love shining down on you, and it highlights different aspects of your story that causes others to be drawn to you.  It’s like a prism.  God’s light shines on you, and it illuminates the reds, oranges, yellows, and so on…all the details of your life.  The blue things are picked up by others who share their blueness with you, and you find commonality.

What is a part of your story that you’ve found in common with another?  Let it help you redirect them to the true light found in Jesus Christ.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

John 1:14–16 (ESV)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”)  For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

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John 1:33–34 (ESV)

I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

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John 15:26–27 (ESV)

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

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John 18:37 (ESV)

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

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Acts 1:8 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

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Romans 8:16 (ESV)

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

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