Everyone started following my blog when I stopped writing—or at least writing consistently. I’m glad you’re following, it’s just kinda funny you start following about the time I stop posting. But here I am, and I shall attempt to post for you.
I’ve been working on a 10 page essay (double spaced anyway) for my ethics seminary course. It’s 12 pages long right now; when I started I didn’t know how I was going to get that many words out, and now I’m wondering how to cut back! I’m writing on abortion and euthanasia, important topics for Christians to know where they stand and what a biblical response is to such issues. I’ve considered posting parts of my essay on my blog, but in no way would I expect you to read all 3,800+ words. ;)
This past weekend my family and several families from our church attended GfBC’s Semper Reformanda conference, where we were blessed to hear Pastor Paul Washer. I think each member of my family took a lot away from what we heard from him. I could hardly take notes—I sat there motionless, listening and trying to take in everything he said, and being convicted all the while. I really encourage you to listen to some sermons by Paul Washer. They are definitely worthwhile. Paul Washer always asks hard questions, makes statements that challenge and convict you, and gets right to the heart of the issue. Here are a few things that spoke to me from this weekend:
“Just by watching your life, what do people see when they look at you?” Does the light of Christ shine so brightly in my life that those around me, whether they know me or not, can see that Christ is in me? Henry Blackaby has an excellent way of putting it when he says: “The light of Christ ought to shine so brightly through you that those practicing darkness are uncomfortable when they are around you.”
“We bear fruit only to the degree that we are in the vine…One of the reasons the churches aren’t being fruitful is because we’ve become busy doers.” It’s so easy for me to get caught up in day to day life and forget to focus on what is most important—a relationship with Christ. I can thoughtlessly become a busy doer, doing things that are right, or serving for Christ (so I think), but neglect the most important aspect of serving for Christ, and that is being empowered by Him moment by moment. Yes, we are to glorify God in all we do, but in order to that we must seek Him earnestly and meet with Him in private daily.
Paul Washer also stressed the importance of private prayer in such a sense that we meet with God, saying we need to be on our knees for an hour each morning. He said that it’s harder to pray than read the Word because our flesh wants to have that knowledge and look good. So he emphasized that we need to make prayer and meeting with God a priority, sacrificing to spend time with Him.
On top of that, my dad preached out of Romans 12:1 Sunday—on being a living sacrifice. He talked about how that involves giving every part of us to God so that He may use it for His service. After all, if we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, He deserves all of us!
May the things I learned not merely be head-knowledge, but a reality in my life, because merely head knowledge is futile, but a broken and contrite spirit, a transformed heart, a life walking in the power of the Spirit—that’s what God desires.
Soli Deo Gloria!