The past week has been one of randomness for me! I have been in new places in KY, down to TN, reading, working, eating out, hanging out with friends, chilling, enjoying the beautiful weather, etc. These have been some thoughts:
1. Col 3. I heard our President's wife quote the entire chapter yesterday at an administrative appreciation lunch. When I realized she was quoting it - it made listening to it better (who knows why?). But, the first part of it, which I do have down, struck me in a new way yesterday. "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" - that is verse 3. My life is inside of Christ's - who is in God. I shouldn't even be seen to people - I should crave no thing that Christ wouldn't crave - because I am in Christ. People should see me and see Christ - through what I do, say, look, etc. I no longer exist!
2. John 17. This is what I listened to this morning over breakfast. Verse 3: "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." This goes against most people's thoughts on eternal life: happiness, no pain, nirvana, reincarnation, etc. Eternal life isn't primarily about us - it is that we may know God in all of his glory! and know Jesus! Verse 4: "I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do." - Do I in turn glorify Jesus? Do I do the work that He has given me to do? Verse 17: "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." - If I am not in the Word on a daily basis - how can I be being sanctified in the truth. Yes, God uses every thing in life to sanctify us - but the primary way is in the TRUE Word of God.
T4G - I am so thankful for YouTube and people like Tim Challies. I can "go to" these conferences for free! I am able to download all the sessions, watch short videos. The only thing I do miss out on is Bob Kauflin's worship leading and free books. But, thanks to Chris I got one that he already had (thanks!) The one thing that I was grateful for was part of Ligon Duncan's message which you can watch a clip of here. I was told this by a friend of mine recently (what Ligon said) and it sorta of went right over my head or seemed unattainable at the time. But now I see it even as more necessary and I'm glad people like Pastor Duncan is preaching it. Some more videos are found by searching sovgracemin on YouTube. Thanks!
Lyrics: In chapel this morning we sang a Sov Grace Hymn called "O Great God" written by Bob Kauflin. I have loved this song ever since I first heard it when the Valley of Vision CD came out a while ago. Here are the lyrics: (the violin was amazing too)
O Great God, of highest heaven, occupy my lowly heart, own it all and reign supreme, conquer every rebel power. Let no vice or sin remain, that resists your holy war. You have loved and purchased me, made me yours forevermore.
I was blinded by my sin. had no ears to hear your voice. Did not know your love within, had no taste for heaven's joys. Then your Spirit gave me life, opened up your word to me. Through the gospel of your Son. gave me endless hope and peace.
Help me now to live a life that's dependent on your grace. Keep my heart and guard my soul, from the evils that I face. You are worthy to be praised with my every thought and deed. O great God of highest heaven, glorify your name through me.
I love the line in that last stanza - keep my heart and guard my soul. I have seen God do that so amazingly over the last few months - in HIS ALL WISDOM AND ALL GOODNESS! Praise be only to Him and He continually guards me and guides me - helps me to see Him for Who He is! Thank you Jesus. So thankful that the Word and the Spirit and things around me have been one theme - glory in Jesus, glorify Jesus, renounce sin, life in Christ, look only to Him.