The Continuation of the Story

not the endHave you ever read the book of Acts? It’s the story of the Church. Of course, the New Testament letters help flesh out the life of the Church, but Acts is the story.

Yet, when you read that story, doesn’t it feel as though you’re left hanging at the end? There is no resolution. The last words seem anticlimactic.

The Apostle Paul is in Rome, and the final two verses say this: “He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:30-31).

The ending leaves you hanging. There are so many unanswered questions at that point, so many loose ends. What happens now? Where does the Church go from here?

Most stories have a solid ending. It might be a happy ending or it might be a sad ending, but there is a final conclusion. The story is completed.

That is always true, unless … there is more to come. A story that is planned as a series will, intentionally leave you hanging. When there is to be a continuation—a sequel—the ending will be nebulous. It leaves you hungry for the remainder. That’s what the book of Acts does.

Why? Because we are the continuation. You and I—and the rest of the Body of Christ—are living the next chapters.

The good Samaritan isn’t just the title of parable Jesus taught. It’s you and me. We are the woman searching for the lost coin, those souls that need Christ.

I want to encourage you today: Don’t neglect your part of the ongoing story. No one is insignificant in this story. By God’s grace, live your life for His glory.

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