There are some thing that I’ve been thinking about for quite awhile now. Some of them can be confusing because I don’t know how to approach them. At first, I didn’t know how to react to some those things, but I think now there’s more clarity than before. SO, I thank God for that. I also thank God for the freedom that we have in Christ and the love that he has for us! How awesome is that?
On the other hand, this process is sometimes painful and frustrating because we only can see things partially and sometimes we’re just blind to so many things (although it is difficult to admit it). But we believe that God is sovereign beyond the things that are out of our control, and we have this confidence that God works out “all things together” for the good of those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:29).
During October of last year I felt like I had this holy discontentment that consumed me. And since then, I’ve been motivated to live biblically and to experience the leading of the Holy Spirit (in greater measure). Anyways, there are so many things I am not sure about anymore, but these are things that I am most certain about:
1. I believe God wants us to enjoy his salvation and grace, and proclaim it to others.
2. The great commission: to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20)
3. Loving God [having affection for him and treasuring him as your most valuable thing in the world] and loving one another [the second commandment].
4. Care for the poor (Matthew 25:30-46), orphans and widow (James 1:27)
I know there’s more to the list that I can think of right now. But I hope this helps you understand what it means to be a follower of Christ. Being a disciple is not an easy thing to do. It requires total surrender and utter dependance on Christ. Most likely, we’re going to make lots of mistakes in the process but I thank God for his patience and his mercy. Ultimately, we believe that God will finish the work that He started in us.
On the other hand, I don’t know exactly what’s ahead of me or what my future is going to look like, but as long as Christ is in it I’ll be fine. I just want my life to look like I belong in the New Testament, whatever that may look like in the environment that I’m in. Lastly, I hope that wherever we are in our journey that we’ll see Jesus and that we find him more valuable than anything in this world.
"But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ…for who I’ve suffered loss of all things and counted them as rubbish, that I may gain him and be found in him…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings" (Philippians 3:7-11).
Soli deo gloria!!!