It always amazes and surprises me how God reveals what he wants me to hear through a variety of voices and contexts. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me by now since he’s done it over and over again, but it does.
Insight From Hebrews
My family recently got home from Mount Hermon, a week-long Christian family camp, where I enjoyed hearing Richard Dahlstrom speak about sustainable faith by looking at a few different sections of Hebrews.
As Richard explained, the book of Hebrews was written to Christians experiencing displacement and suffering, competing religious narratives, and the subtle seduction of stagnation. Not unlike what we’re facing in our culture today.
Richard went on to share that Hebrews shows the importance of placing our faith in Jesus–period. Not Jesus plus a political party, Jesus plus a social cause or moral code, Jesus plus our career, spouse, kids, coffee (or for me, chocolate)…it’s Jesus plus nothing else.
As he pointed out, Hebrews 1:1–3 shows us the centrality of Christ as a reference point and Jesus as the final revelation of God. By placing all our trust in Jesus as the reference point, rather than in Jesus plus something else, we can experience true freedom.
I especially liked Richard’s insight that Jesus alone is a position of wholeness and victory. Rather than a moral code no one can achieve, the Christian life is an indwelling, through which God transforms you. By making the default position of your mind affirmation of who God says you are, He works in your life to help you love more like Him.
Insight From Daniel
Literally the first day back into the routine of life after vacation, and I listened to Alistair Begg speak about the book of Daniel, where these main points stood out to me:
- God is the hero of the story, not Daniel.
- Daniel lived in a foreign country for most of his life.
- Daniel and his three friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were useful and in positions of influence, but chose to follow God rather than the culture that surrounded them.
- They were focused on God, faithful to God, and fearless in the face of idolatry. Similarly, we need to be focused on the gospel (Christ), faithful to the gospel, and fearless in the face of the gospel.
- In a world of identity politics, our identity is in Jesus alone.
- No matter your role in life–as a wife, mother, employee, entrepreneur–your identity needs to be rooted in Christ.
What are the key things I think God is telling me? I couldn’t help but notice two key themes.
My Identity is in Jesus, and Only Jesus
I may be a wife, mom, employee, friend, sister, and so on, but those roles don’t define me. Rather than feeling like I need to try to balance all the different hats I’m wearing, I need to focus on just one hat. My identity lies in Him.
I Can Be Focused, Faithful, and Fearless Where God Put Me
God’s people addressed in the books of Hebrews and Daniel were surrounded by a culture that didn’t know God or follow Him. They experienced displacement and competing religious narratives. But they were charged with remaining faithful.
In the same way, I need to stay focused, faithful, and fearless in Christ, no matter what’s going on around me.
What About You?
Have you noticed any repeating themes popping up in your life lately? What has God been showing you recently?