On Ending a Story that Never Ends

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daily text logoNovember 26, 2014

Acts 28:29-31

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

CONSIDER THIS

And just like that– the book ends.

My favorite thing about the Acts of the Apostles is the way it ends without ending. There’s no closing summary or conclusion; no credit reel, no salutations or prayer requests. It’s like Luke couldn’t land the plane so he just jumped off.

story-never-endsAt the same time it’s probably the most fitting ending in the history of endings, because its a story that never ends. I mean, how do you end a story that never ends? You don’t end it. You join it.

Think about it. Every story will one day come to an end but one. The story of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the story of salvation, the story of the Church, God’s own people, never ends.

This is what makes the Gospel the Gospel. By the sheer mercy of God we get to join the story that never ends. This is why, like Paul, we proclaim the Kingdom of God and teach about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only way into the never ending story, for Jew and Gentile alike.

The point of ending this way is to get us to turn the page and live the one life we have been given into the next chapter. This is our chance. Let us not waste our lives on any other story.

COME HOLY SPIRIT!

NEXT ON THE DAILY TEXT: As the story of Acts ends, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year in the Calendar of the Kingdom of God: Advent. Beginning Sunday and running to Christmas Eve we will work our way through Scripture in a daily series called RESET. In week one we will work through the Big Story of Scripture in an effort to RESET our StoryLine. Week two will turn our focus to the Second (Advent) Coming of Jesus and a call to RESET our focus. Week three is about the need to RESET our priority (as opposed to ordering our priorities). Finally, week four turns our attention to Jesus’ first coming and the journey to Bethlehem. I think the series will be helpful for anyone, but my particular hope is to create a way for families to gather around the Word of God in practical ways throughout this season. Please invite your family and friends to take part.

J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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