Fall is here and more importantly, fall-like weather came along, too.
I see now why not many seminary students have blogs, though: who has the time?
When I simply work, in the restaurant, for example (in past summers), the workday is over when I leave the “office.” When class is over, though, well–the fun begins. Truly, I am enjoying all of my classes and especially the community. I’ve never lived on a campus, and I have never attended a Christian university, until now.
I love it.
I’ve noticed a motif bouncing around this semester, mostly in missions meetings, but you already know what it is.
Deep down, you know:
God is in control — absolute control.
Therefore, He does not need us to make excuses for Him, so as to try to “get Him off the hook,” as it were.
The problem of evil, sure, is a mystery, either somewhat or very much, depending on how your day is going, maybe.
A long-term missionary (I’ve removed his name to protect his privacy) corrected himself once in chapel: “we built…[x amount]…of churches in Indonesia — well, I should say: God built them.”
See what happened there? God uses us, sure, yes and amen, but He does things. He gets the glory.
God also uses worms, by the way. (See Jonah 4:7)
Neither the one who waters nor the one who plants is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Cor. 3:7)
Last Sunday at Highland, another long-term missionary (who spent many years in Russia and China, among other places) came for a weekend of stirring up the missions committee for worship and missions, and he shared a strikingly similar concern as the previously mentioned visitor: the mission not our mission, its God’s mission. He said we need to check our pronouns and get them straight: not ours, but His.
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:12-17, ESV)