Summer Book Reading Week 4: You Who. . . by Rachel Jankovic

Posted On July 23, 2019

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The “epic hero”-type of stories are exciting. Fighting against incredible odds, extreme sacrifice, “giving all for the greater good.” Those characters matter. . .

But what is true biblical obedience, and how does that fit in with our identity?

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.” — Corrie ten Boom

“There have been times of late when I have had to hold on to one text with all my might: “It is required in stewards that a man may be found faithful.” Praise God, it does not say “successful.”
― Amy Wilson-Carmichael 

Do what the Lord bids you, where he bids you, as he bids you, as long as he bids you, and do it at once.  C.H. Spurgeon

“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

As we read chapters 11-15 (pp. 95-142) of You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With it, by Rachel Jankovic, be reminded that biblical obedience is not always a David fighting Goliath, or Joshua at Jericho.

“We don’t have to set out to change the world. We set out to obey the Lord, and even the simplest actions can leave glorious marks of obedience forever.” (p 104)

“When we embrace the fact that obedience now is always the calling of a Christian, we find that we have more than enough to do. . .Read the Word. Obey the Word. Obey it now. Obey it again. (p 113)

“When we faithfully worship the Living God, what do we become like? We become more like Him. . .” (p 124)

“Because we are made in the image of God, it is not difficult to see that increasing in our knowledge of Him is increasing in our understanding of ourselves. . .Obey God to be yourself. Worship God to find yourself. . .” (p. 125)

“The world’s effort to catechize us into believing in ourselves has caused much of our current identity crisis . . .” (p 139)

To read: Psalm 100; Psalm 115; Philippians (notice what Paul says about his purpose, his calling).

“God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” ― Hudson Taylor

“It is always helpful to us to fix our attention on the God-ward aspect of Christian work; to realize that the work of God does not mean so much man’s work for God, as God’s own work through man.”
― James Hudson Taylor, 

“So. . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I would love to hear your thoughts on how our obedience to Christ shapes our identity. How does obedience affect contentment?

 

Summer Book Reading week 3: You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With it, by Rachel Jankovic

Posted On July 16, 2019

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This week we will cover Chapters 8-10, pages 69-94. Not a lot of pages to read, but plenty to consider.

Having considered how much these different philosophies have influenced culture, even the church, now we begin to turn to the “but why does it even matter?”

Who writes your story? Who is the main character? Before you rattle off the “Sunday School answer” —

Is your definition of “submission” giving God permission to ___________?

What does being “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20) and “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. . .” (Colossians 3:3) mean?

Do you try to harmonize what you want with a “but I love Jesus, too?” What happens when what you want clearly clashes with what God has said in His Word?

So . . .why am I here? What’s the point? These are big questions. And the answers are important. Again, it is not wrong and selfish to ask the questions.

And it’s no coincidence that Question 1 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism states:

Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

1 Corinthians 10:31. Psalm 73:24-26. John 17:22, 24.

What does this mean in day-to-day life? When circumstances clash with desires?

Consider this statement: “. . .The only real value and meaning in my life is present in that wonderful phrase ‘to the glory of God.’ This is the freedom from the fear of being insufficient. I am totally insufficient, and I don’t have to mind that at all. . .when my life is oriented around glorifying God, I see the value and glory and joy in the little . . .” (p. 84)

How does seeing myself as a worshiper affect my perspective?

How do we “craft our story?”

In the Word:

Mark 10:17-31; John 6:25-71

I would love to hear your thoughts,

Bev

 

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