Read: Luke 3:23-38

Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph. — Luke 3:23

We value stories. They are the primary vehicles for explaining who we are. All good stories include the names of the people involved.

In our reading for today, Luke describes Jesus through his human family tree. Luke provides this list of names to show that these people were grafted into the family of God’s ongoing redemptive kingdom work.

If we skip over the list of names connected with Jesus, we miss an important part of the story Luke is telling. Jesus is the first name we must take into our lives for our stories to make sense. You and I are in God’s family because of Jesus.

What makes your story valuable? Maybe it’s not what you think it is?