It is April 1st! Wow how the time is passing by! In four weeks exactly I will be done with my second year of college. I am halfway to graduation! It is such a crazy thing to think that in two years I will have my degree and (hopefully) be at work in a church! With Easter over I no longer am frantically planning Easter things and can instead start to think about finals and the summer. Anyone relate to looking at a calendar seeing a paper due in three weeks and being like nah I will do that later? yeah that is me right now. I am actually excited for my term paper in Thessalonians and Corinthians. A ten page paper on Election of the Jews? Yes please. It will be fun. What I am not looking forward to is a 10 page philosophy paper. Mostly because I haven’t understood a thing in that class all semester! Beyond that however I will be working this summer at Mount Hermon again and am very excited but will be sad to be away from the kids at FBC for so long.
As you may have noticed I have been posting on Holy Week a lot and now that it is over you may be wondering what I will be posting on? Well never fear because I have a plan. I mixed up my books and read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last month so this month I will be reading through Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyun (one of my all-time favorite books) as well as focusing on James in the Bible. So you can start expecting some posts themed by those two books instead of Holy Week! I really do hope that you took away something from this Holy Week and will take it with you throughout this year as you live in new hope!
Today that is what I am going to briefly blog about. Christ has died and Christ has risen again and we have celebrated but what have we learned? Have we taken anything away from it? All too often I will find myself saying “Yes Lord, your will be done! I will follow you!” and then I lack in the follow through. It is tough for me and I am sure others because I try to justify some of the things that I do as okay and then think later no I shouldn’t have done that. I found a really really good quote that really had me thinking I think you might enjoy it:
“Anything that dims my vision for Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps me in my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me; and I must, as a Christian turn away from it. ” – Peter Kreeft
What brings me to this topic? Well I read the same devotional every night (My Utmost for His Highest) and yesterday’s devotion happened to be whether or not we were practicing hypocrisy. It specifically dealt with passing judgement. The devotion really spoke to me because of what it said: if you see or hear about the fall or sins of another christian it is because God wishes for you to intercede and pray for that christian all the more fervently that they might find their way back to Christ. How many times have you seen or heard about someone else s iniquities and instantly fell down to pray for their needs and their soul? I know that I have never felt that way until much later in my prayer times. This is something that I pray for help in and try to practice more often. How about you?
Thinking of this then I found in myself a select few number of people who had did me wrong and while I had said that I had forgiven them and moved on I still sat here eating up every mistake they made quietly feeling some sort of victory over each person. Reading how God is letting me know this that I might pray for them and wish that they would repent was very hard to stomach but it helped me to realize that I had not fully forgiven each person for if I had I would be eager to pray for their souls. It is these small yet very important parts of my life that I would not think of on my own and that I need devotion time and prayer time to call out of me. Everyday I aim to do greater than the day before. I seek to align myself more along God’s Will. That is what I took away from Easter the idea that Christ died for me that I may work to become a better version of myself even if I wake up 200 years old and find a new iniquity which I am being called to turn from and change.
What a great God that he has such patience. What a great God that he loves independently of our actions. Take a moment and think about your Holy Week and what you learned or took away. Are you eager to align yourself more perfectly with God’s will? If you are know that it wont be easy but it is easily worth every moment that you are in God’s Will.
Have a blessed week.