You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:16 NLT).

Heaven has a book with your name on it. That’s an overwhelming thought isn’t it? That God actually took the time to think through the details of your unique story– the character you would play as well as those you would be surrounded by, the various external and internal settings you would move in and out of, the conflicts and climaxes you would face, and the resolutions you would bring and become.  An amazing thought indeed that leaves us with a sense of awe and wonder about ourselves, however, a tough reality remains:

A story written does not guarantee that it will be a story lived.

If you were able to take a sneak peek into the hard-copy edition of “You”, you would inevitably find that your story has already been completed (before you were born in fact). And, it’s one that can only be (and has been) described as “unimaginable” (see I Corinthians 2:9), “prosperous” (see Jeremiah 29:11), and “powerful” (see Acts 1:8). Still, for so many, their “book” has yet to be opened and, consequently, their story has yet to begin.

The obvious question is “why”?

If it’s true that each our stories were penned under the inspiration and intention of such incredible outcomes then why do we have 30-year case studies on the fulfillment of destiny (aka: stories), such as the one conducted by Dr. Robert “Bobby” Clinton, professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, that end with the following conclusion: Less than 20% of leaders in the 30-year study actually felt like they entered “convergence” – the place where they’re doing what they’re gifted to do best and what they love to do most?[1]

An entire novel could be written on the responses given to this question. My own personal experiences, however, which are derived from spending time in both the 80% and the 20%, have taught me that the difference between the 20% who fulfill Heaven’s script for their lives versus the 80% who don’t is that the 20% figured out how to crack the “convergence code” of their individual narratives.  They discovered the secrets in moving their story from “potential” to “actual”, from a story “scripted” to a story “acted”, and from merely knowing that there’s life within their plots to actually pulling that life out of their plots.

This is exactly what I want to show you:  how to be counted among the 20% of those who have found the way to the fulfillment of their destinies and are living in what Jesus called, the “abundant life” (John 10:10).

For the sake of time and space, as well as the desire to brand this message in your heads and on your hearts in a meaningful and, hopefully, unforgettable way, I’ll use a three-post series to provide you with a three-part combination that will unlock the vault of Heaven’s library so that your story can be recovered and released.  Be sure stay tuned in.

With that, here is the combination.  For your story to be realized, it must have…

  • AUTHORIZATION
  • PARTICIPATION
  • EVASION

1. AUTHORIZATION: YOUR STORY’S COMMENCEMENT IS IN YOUR COMMITMENT.

You don’t just have a story; you are a story. In other words, it’s a literal part of your identity – hardwired into your very DNA by God Himself (as we’ve already proven).  Nevertheless, without a commitment – without your commitment – there will be no commencement.

There’s an interesting conversation in the Bible between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was referred to as a “Pharisee, a leader of the Jews”.  To be considered as such meant that he had dedicated himself to the intense study, disciplines, and promotion of the pharisaical way of life.  Stated otherwise, Nicodemus was living the story of a Pharisee.  Jesus, considered a rebel by most of the pharisaical brotherhood, stepped onto the scene with a new model, or story, called, “Kingdom” and began violating much of what they considered to be important.

Now, it’s unclear as to why Nicodemus came to him.  Many assumptions have been made and most all sound good, but where I want to turn your focus toward is the statement that Jesus gave him as it reveals the path to stepping into and starting God’s story for our lives:

Truly, Truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. 

In light of our point, what this tells us is one can open the book that God has written about their lives unless he or she is born again.  Simply put, being born again marks the end of one story (the old) and the beginning of another (the new).  It means that you are literally born again into a new narrative.  So your story starts with your birth, although it’s not your first birth, it’s your second. It’s the birth of your commitment.  Unlike our first, it’s the birth where we get to choose.

When you choose God, when you say “yes” to Him, you are saying “yes” to Him as not only the Savior of your soul, but also as the Author of your story (Hebrews 12:1,2).  Your “yes” serves as the required signature needed to assure you eternal life after death as well as grants Him the permission needed to unveil to you the pre-scripted narrative of your life before death.  But, I have to warn you: there is a major difference between seeing and living.  Being “born again” only promises that you will see the new story (Kingdom).  If you want to live it, you’ll need to transition from authorization to participation.

[1] Wallnau, L. (2013, January 29). How to Crack the Code that Unlocks You.  Retrieved from https://lancewallnau.com/crack-the-code/

Chevis Brooks is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. With the absence of his father at an early age, his childhood was marked by insecurity, low self-esteem, and an extreme lack of self-confidence which all led to self-hatred. After years of searching for answers in all the wrong places and faces, he reached up instead of out and the rest is history.  Now, he’s made it his mission to help others do the same.  Chevis and his wife, Keri, currently live in Northwest Georgia and are blessed with a beautiful daughter named Avery.