New Season; New Venture

On the drive home home last night my husband and I listened to this sermon by Matt Chandler. In it he urges the members of his church to set their minds to discovering their God-given gifts and find a way to use them for the Kingdom.

Sometimes it's easy for me to hide behind the busyness of motherhood or newlywed-ness or even behind this great platform of blogging, and avoid actually serving the body of Christ in whatever way I know how. For me, I've been told I have a knack for teaching (*1). Paul commands: "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them..." (Ro 12.6) So upon considering this, I actually find myself in sin by not teaching (James 4.17).

The fruit of this conviction, hopefully, eventually, will be a Bible Study curriculum for young women on God's sovereignty (*2). If there is one truth that is most abundant in the pages of Scripture, yet most foreign to young people, I believe it's the doctrine of Sovereign Grace.

This doctrine matters when you lose a child. It matters when against all odds your child lives. It matters when you find yourself pregnant at 18. It matters when your mother gets diagnosed with cancer. It matters when your husband cheats and beats you. It matters when you endeavor to be a single parent. And it even matters when you marry a godly Christian. It matters when your 5-year-old wakes up with nightmares. It matters when the bills keep coming and the bank account is empty. It matters when we fall to our knees, desperate, and wonder if our prayers are heard. It matters every new day that we're pilgrims in a land not our home.

As young, naive women, we think we're invincible. We think the sovereign force in the universe is us. We hold our belief in Self so close to our hearts that we do things--foolish things--that the Holy Spirit bids us never to do. And our Father weeps as we destroy our innocence (and sometimes our lives) chasing after inner worth.

Ladies, our worth is found in God alone. He Himself is the only lasting treasure in the universe, and He made us His own. He loved us first. And He does nothing on accident. He is sovereign.

"'When I passed by you again and saw you,
behold, you were at the age for love,
and I spread the corner of my garment over you
and covered your nakedness;
I made my vow to you
and entered into a covenant with you,'
declares the Lord GOD,
'and you became mine.'" (Eze 16.8)

*1 - Teaching is different than leading; see Eph 4.11. I don't believe women (especially young women) are to have leadership roles in the Body. (1 Cor 14.34-35; 1 Tim 2.11-12)
*2 - I'll be returning to my study of 1 Timothy before I begin the Sovereignty series.

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