I have been asked to write a blog to let everyone know what I have been learning this far in the series highjacked by the gospel… but the big question is, where do I begin?
Let’s start out with the title. That actually has had a pretty big impact on how I am approaching this series. There is always the definition of high-jacked up on the screen each week, and I can’t remember the exact definition, but I pulled this one from Dictionary.com
c. To seize control of, by use of force, especially in order to reach an alternate destination.
This to me, sums up how I have been approaching the learning. It’s God’s purpose to move us to an alternate destination. Yes, sometimes he uses force- or in blunter terms- crappy situations in life, to get us to where he wants us to go. But his purpose is to always reach an alternate destination. That alternate destination is closer to the cross, and farther away from our pride filled, ME ME ME life. (Which, I might add, I am quite familiar with!)
One of the things that jumps out for me is the gospel grid:
This grid has come up again and again in Bible study, even though the first week we couldn’t remember the name of the stupid thing for the life of us. This grid is a game changer for me. As we talk about the gospel, it is so vital that we see the purpose and power of Jesus getting bigger in our life. It’s not ok to get saved and then just stop. As we grow in the awareness of our sinfulness, AND God’s holiness, the cross continues to get bigger. It is not us magically becoming more moral, or holy. It is a natural process done by the Spirit of God when we recognize our sinfulness, and read about His holiness in the Bible.
Surprise surprise, practically speaking, in the past weeks, that has worked itself out in my life through being challenged to do my devotions every day. Ya, you probably think because I have been a Christian for a while and went to Bible School etc. I would have that area of my life cased… well you were mistaken! This is a discipline I actually really struggle with doing on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not ABOUT reading your Bible everyday. I’m sure God doesn’t care. What he DOES care about is our heart, and I have to say, my heart seems to be more prone to wander when I am not reading the Bible everyday… Therefore, that’s what I am trying to do! I have a friend holding me accountable every night, and that always helps.
What I look forward to in the rest of the series is to see where the Spirit will move. I know that through this series I have been convicted of the idol of control in my life, and repenting of that alone is doing big things in my life. I can’t wait to see how God is going to move through the rest of the series, and who else He is going to seize control of. It will be awesome to see what alternate destinations my brothers and sisters in the Lord will end up at!