Friday, December 13, 2013

The greatest story ever told, produced by ...

There's a saying that if you need something to get done, assign the task to a busy person.

On the face of it, it doesn't sound right. If someone is already busy, why give them even more to do?

The reason is many of those busy people are busy because they know how to get things done. They're producers. They are masters at multi-tasking and thrive on making things happen.

Hollywood is full of producers, men and women who actually hold the title "Producer." Their job is to turn into reality the vision of making a screenplay into a popular and profitable movie. The writer develops the script, the director directs the action, the star acts out the story, but it's the producer who generates all the resources needed for the project to succeed.

At Christmas, we see the greatest Producer of all at work, as the Holy Spirit produces a grand story written by the Trinity, directed by God, and now starring Jesus Christ ...

"This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 1:18.

The grand story actually started with a scene in a garden, but one of the most riveting scenes in the story is the birth of Christ, a dramatic moment in time produced by the Holy Spirit. We see Him still at work during the most crucial scene in the script ...

"The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David's family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit," Romans 1:3-4.

Each member of the Trinity contributes to the ongoing success of this grand story, but the Holy Spirit is still actively doing His work as a producer. But now, He wants to bring His skills to bear in our lives, making us a part of this great story ...

"The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you," Romans 8:11.

"Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God," 1 Corinthians 6:11.

Christmas reminds us that the Holy Spirit is still busy producing a great story as He continues to work out in our lives the story He enriched with Christ on that first Christmas. Are you cooperating with what the Holy Spirit wants to produce in you? Or are you busy trying to write and star in your own production?

Scotty

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