Genesis: Born Into an Epic

Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1

A Story. An Epic.

Something hidden in the ancient past. Something dangerous now unfolding.

Something waiting in the future for us to discover.

Some crucial role for us to play.

Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that He is good, the essence of all that is good and beautiful and true, for He is the source of all these things. It tells us that He has set our heart’s longings within us, for He has made us to live in an Epic. It warns that the truth is always in danger of being twisted and corrupted and stolen from us because there is a Villain. It calls us up into a Story that is truer and deeper than any other, and assures us that there we will find the meaning of our lives.

What if?

What if all the great stories that have ever moved you, brought you joy or tears—what if they are telling you something about the true Story into which you were born, the Epic into which you have been cast?

We won’t begin to understand our lives, or what this Gospel is that Christianity speaks of, until we understand the Story in which we have found ourselves. For when you were born, you were born into an Epic that has already been under way for quite some time. It is a Story of beauty and intimacy and adventure, a Story of danger and loss and heroism and betrayal.

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Your Turn

The classic stories and tales of knights and damsels, valiant heroes and wicked villains, wild adventure and heart-piercing tragedy move our hearts for a reason. They’re the stories of our lives as well. In daily life, it’s easy to slip into the repetitious mundane routine of our schedules and calendars, but God is calling us to fill a crucial role. What do you think about that? What role of God’s great Story of history do you feel Him calling you into? We would love to hear your story! Please leave a comment on our blog. ~ Devotionals Daily

John Eldredge

John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed Heart™ in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Wild at Heart, Epic: The Story God is Telling, Walking with God, Fathered by God, Waking the Dead, Desire, and Love & War (with his wife Stasi). John and Stasi live in Colorado with their three sons.

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