summer reading week 6 You-who by Rachel Jankovic

Posted On August 6, 2019

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This is our final installment in this book, and what a joy it has been to read this book together.

For our final week, we will cover chapters 21 – 26, pages 187 – 235.

How do people see me? Who do I live for? Where do I belong? These questions require an honest answer. These questions require an answer born out of obedience to God.

“When you know your creator, and you seek to praise and reflect and honor Him in every way possible, what that looks like to the world is body confidence.” (p.193)

“Being oriented to Christ and to the glory of God is in fact the answer to almost every human trouble. The fact that it is almost always the correct answer is not the same thing as being the answer we always want to hear. . .” (p. 195)

Read Philippians 3. Notice the Apostle Paul’s goal. He could survive prison and beatings and rejection because his ultimate goal was to know Christ and to reflect the glory of God.

Is sin ever the right way to go? It’s so easy to answer quickly with a no, but how many times do we want to circumvent God’s law because it’s uncomfortable? We think that obedience will lead to obscurity, and we want so much to be known, and to know that we matter. When will it be enough that I matter to God?

Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Notice the dead and made alive illustrations. Do you see that it is God who gives me value and purpose? It is God who gave us work to do. Obedience to God and His Word is the road to real purpose.

I hope you see how important it is to know God and his word. We cannot obey someone we do not know, and we cannot obey the law we do not know. God is our father, and he wants a relationship with his children. Know Him. Follow Him. Obey Him.

That is how you know who you are. . .

Summer Book Reading Week 5 — You Who . . .by Rachel Jankovic

Posted On July 31, 2019

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This week we will examine Chapters 16-20 (pp 143-186) of You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With it, by Rachel Jankovic.

How does knowing that God does not change (Hebrews 13:8) affect how we see the different seasons of our lives? Where should our focus actually be?

“We cannot know the limits of our God, because there are none. We can rest–rest–in Him no matter the uncertainty of our own circumstances.” (p148)

Read: Philippians 1, and notice verse 6. Is that declaration “static” or is there a process?

Personality tests can be helpful, but nothing can replace obedience to God. Nothing. Can you think of some examples in Scripture of people who obeyed God in spite of it not being in their “personality?” I’ll start:

Moses stuttered and was insecure from his past failures. God called him to lead Israel out of slavery, and into the Promised Land.

Have you considered that obedience to God can actually change aspects of your personality? Notice we are not speaking of DNA traits (eye color, dominant hand), but of leanings, tendencies — short-tempered, shyness, depression, critical, etc. Whom or what do we worship? Do I put qualifiers on obedience? “The great temptation is to start categorizing yourself outside of Him. . .” (p.159)

Romans 6:15-18 ESV – 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

And let’s not forget the whole “princess mentality” . . . what does the Bible say are the “rights and responsibilities” of a “daughter of the King?” Read 1 Peter 2 and note the “so that” of being royalty . . .

From princesses . . . to monkeys . . .and Jeremiah 17:9, 10. What is the inherent failure in “follow your heart?”

“But Christians should be far more inclined to view our feelings like a bunch of monkeys that we are responsible to keep in cages, train, and disregard completely when they are acting up.” (p181)

2 Corinthians  10:5; Proverbs 3:5-7

This may seem a bit scattered: rather than a long editorial, I am just trying to get a conversation started. What impressed you in these chapters?

 

 

 

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