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  • Allen Domelle

Changing the Narrative


Matthew 28:16

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

The narrative of the verse above is much different from what we are used to reading about the disciples before the death of Christ. Before Christ’s death, the Scriptures always talked about twelve disciples; however, now that Judas Iscariot sinned and betrayed Christ, there are only eleven disciples that the Scriptures could talk about.

This narrative reminds me of David when he ran from Saul. Saul had tried to kill David a couple of times. There was a required feast that David was to attend with Saul. However, David and Jonathan came up with a plan to save David’s life, but their plan would cause David’s seat to be empty. Saul saw that David’s seat was empty, and his empty seat certainly meant that David was missed. Was that seat empty because of David’s sin? No! That seat was empty because of Saul’s sin and inability to deal with his sin.

My friend, sin always changes the narrative of what should have been to what could have been. What God intends to always be done is always ruined because of sin, and the potential of what could have been will never be realized because of sin. Many have chosen sin, and the narrative of their lives was changed forever. There are two things I want you to notice about sin changing the narrative.

First, your sin always hurts others. Judas Iscariot’s sin hurt the disciples. What should have been twelve disciples is now eleven disciples. What should have been a table full of the king’s cabinet is now a seat that is empty because of King Saul’s sin. You cannot sin and think that your sin won’t affect others. Sadly, many innocent people are affected by sin and will have to live with the consequences of another’s sin for the rest of their lives. The selfishness of sin is great. If you choose to sin, you are only thinking of yourself and not of how your sinful choices will affect others.

Second, your sin always hurts what could have been. We will never know what the original twelve disciples could have done because sin changed the narrative. We will never know how the kingdom would have been translated over to David had Saul gotten right with God and not lived the rest of his life in spite towards David. Sin always changes the narrative of a person with so much potential to a narrative of what could have been. You certainly have the right to choose sin, but you don't have the right to choose the consequences of sin and the regret of wondering what you could have done had you not chosen to sin. Many people who chose sin live the rest of their lives wondering what could have been had they not changed the narrative by choosing to sin. Many live their lives looking back at what they called the greatest days of their life, which was before sin, and instead, they could be living the greatest days of their lives in God’s blessings had they not changed the narrative by choosing to sin.

You can change the narrative by choosing to sin, but you will hurt everyone around you and your future and the potential that you could have had you not sinned. Sin promises so much, but it takes the narrative of your potential away to give you a narrative of regret and what could have been. If you want to change the narrative, then change the narrative by living a life of faith and increasing your potential by doing right and seeing God bless you by doing the miraculous through your life because of your right choices.

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