All Part of the Plan

February 28, 2007

So I was reading in Matthew 4 tonight and verse one got me thinking:

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Why on Earth would the Spirit do a thing like that? Is that really the way it works? The Spirit leading into temptation? Then it hit me. There’s some good news that comes from this. Check out Hebrews 4:14-16, one of my absolute favorite passages:

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Just another affirmation that God’s plan is perfect. How would Jesus become the perfect mediator for us unless he himself was tempted? Knowing this should, like the author said, feed our confidence when “[drawing] near to the throne of grace” because the one we call out to for help is tried and true. There’s no advice quite like that coming from a voice of experience and because of the temptations Christ faced during his time on Earth, it’s been made available to us.

The intricacies of God’s plan blow me away more and more as I live more life and yet, as impressive as His mastery of making everything work for his purpose is, I need reminders all the time. Forgetfulness is one of the aspects of our flawed flesh that I hate the most. I want to be mindful of God’s plan all the time. Mindful of the power of the gospel all the time, but alas, I’m a work in progress (Phil 1:6).

Can I borrow your church?

February 28, 2007

One of the setbacks of not having a church building: no Shaun Groves. Awhile ago I looked into booking him for Woodland Christian chapel but he couldn’t work it into his schedule. While looking into it I started to get this feeling that turned out to be true: he’s touring for free! That’s right. Check out his blog. To bring him to your church, it’s going to cost absolutely nothing! So basically, I’m just looking for a place to host this thing. I’m ready to make the call. “Can Shaun come out and play?”

Responsibility (Days 2 and 3)

February 12, 2007

Be forewarned: this entry is both completely worthless and obligatory. By adding “Day 1” to the title of my last entry, it naturally necessitates additional entries. To make a long story short, no more mishaps. Mom and Dad got home safe and sound and once again the weight of temporary parenting has been lifted from my shoulders. Time to clean my room. Be good ya’ll.

Responsibility (Day 1)

February 10, 2007

Today I had the specific and imediate responsibility be a good employee, assistant coach, son, brother, friend, and boyfriend. That’s how my day went. Work, practice, babysit for the folks while they’re out of town this weekend, go bowling with the brother, girlfriend and friend. Before I sleep tonight there has been laughter, arguments, brotherly love, and even a little bit of blood (but more than you might think). What I’m trying to say without saying is it was one heck of a day. Thanks for letting me vent in a somewhat ambiguous way. I’ll keep it posted if anything interesting happens while my parents are gone. I wouldn’t get my hopes up…