I Know the Way
Like many of my fellow young adults peers, I am trying to find my way. Find what path Christ wants me to go down…
Well tonight I watched a sermon by Judah Smith (though I honestly didn’t care for him before, I just really felt led to watch this sermon, and seeing as though Tumblr videos never load on my laptop, this one loaded just fine so I figured it must mean I was supposed to watch it ;)
But in it, he helped me to see something I never thought of before… I wanted to share with you the connection that was made.
He preached from John 14:1-6. Jesus is speaking to the disciples…
Jesus told His disciples that they knew the way He was going. Thomas replied (the same way I would have replied) ‘No we don’t. We have not a clue where You are going.’ But God’s reply opened their eyes… So often we focus on this verse without thinking about it’s context. Jesus replies “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Therefore, if we know Jesus, we know the way.
The title of it was called “It’s Complicated.” I’m not going to go into the whole sermon (you can look it up yourself, which I highly recommend) but it was talking about how we Christians nowadays have complicated our relationship with Christ.
Judah demonstrated this by using a visual of a ball of rubber bands. We tend to see Christianity as a ball of rules and principles to follow. But if that is all we really see, we are missing the point!
Christianity is not about following a bunch of rules and regulations. Christianity is about love. It is about loving God, and loving others (the 1st and 2nd most important commandments according to Jesus). Yes, He gave us guidelines on how we should live, but if we do not have love, we really miss the whole point.
When we complicate our relationship with Jesus, it leads to confusion. BUT GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION! (1 Cor 14:33) Confusion leads to exasperation. I’m sure we have all gotten to the point where we just feel exasperated in our relationship with Him. We feel like we have reached a dead in. Like there is no where else for us to go. This all stems from complicating our relationship with Him.
So in other words. The point is: When You know Jesus, you know the way. Don’t complicate your relationship with Christ. Just know Him. Talk to Him. Pray to Him. Worship Him. And most importantly, LOVE Him.
Sure, this does not answer the question of where I am going with my life. What I will be when I grow up or how I plan on using my education. But I do know that no matter what path I take, I will have God with me. I will love Him and love His people. He is the way I will go…
His Love and Mercy Endures Forever
I have heard those words before many times in my life. Growing up in church, it’s something that you tend to hear so much that it seems to just be a known concept. If you’re anything like me, it was just something you heard and agreed with, but never really dwelt upon it upon it. I too just smiled and said amen. Until about April/May of last year…
My day may not have gone as I had planned, but one thing is for certain, it went just how God had planned it
And I just have to trust that He knows what He is doing. He knows what is best for me. And HIS timing is best.
To everything there is a season,
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 11
I find it very hard to read the last 3 chapters of Matthew without crying
To imagine the anguish Jesus went through in Gethsemane, as He cried out to God asking the cup to be taken from him, while still adamant that not his will, but God’s be done.
He know what he was about to go through. The pain and suffering He was about to endure. I cannot imagine being in His shoes. And He knew why he was doing it too.
To save all human kind. To save me. To save you. To save all us sinners. He took the suffering for all our sins, so that WE may be saved and get to spend eternity with Him and the Father.
It makes me tear up just thinking about it.
Tangled Up in Faith
So recently I watched Tangled for the first time. And as I was watching it, I was touched by the city’s faith. If you have not seen the movie, here is what I am talking about. Every year on the missing princess’s birthday, they release hundreds of lanterns in the night sky, in hopes that she may return.
So they did this for 18 years (until she finally returned home). They did not give up hope that she would return, no matter how many years had passed.
We should be the same way with God. We should pray without ceasing. Even if we feel our prayers are going unanswered, He still hears our cries. Just because He has not answered them yet, does not mean He isn’t listening, it just means He is waiting for the right time to give you the answer you ask. We just have to have faith that He is listening and faith that He will answer our prayer!
“who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:5-9
"We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone."
"We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield."