It’s Been A While…

As many of you are aware, it has been a while since I last posted anything. Truthfully I enjoy writing on this platform, but have just been extremely busy with school assignments and haven’t made time to write for fun lately. God has been gracious and faithful in providing opportunities to serve. He has constantly refreshed and encouraged me through friends, family, and most importantly through the Holy Spirit. I am preparing to wind down the first semester of my senior year of college, which amazes me. God continues to amaze me by His extension of grace in my life.

I covet your prayers as I finish my senior year of college. My studies at Welch College will be completed December 2015. It has been an amazing journey so far and I know God will continue to lead faithfully. Here are some of the amazing opportunities God has presented me with.

  • I have had the privilege of representing the college in multiple services over the past three months.
  • I have been serving as a Spiritual Life Leader on campus at Welch. (This is a small group devotion time for dorm students. It’s honestly one of my favorite aspects of our community of faith and learning.)
  • I have been privileged to serve as the Pi Gamma Chi president. (Those guys didn’t know what they were thinking when they voted me in office!)
  • I have been blessed to reconnect with many friends, family, and church family lately. In fact, I visited my friends at the Winfield FWB Church the day this post was originally drafted. The same weekend, I was able to visit friends at Landmark FWB in Hamilton, AL as well as Barnsville FWB. I’m thankful for all of my Alabama church families.

I could go on an on about all that God is doing in my life, but I just wanted to mention these things because several of you have been wanting an update with how things are going. God is doing a great work in my life, which constantly humbles and amazes me.

In light of that, I wanted to share some gleanings from my personal Bible reading. Lately I have been studying Galatians and focusing on chapters three through five of the epistle.

We read the following in Galatians 3: 26-4:7.

[26]  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. [27]  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28]  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29]  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. [1]  Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, [2]  but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. [3]  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. [4]  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, [5]  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. [6]  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” [7]  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 3:26-4:7 (NKJV)

Just at the right time, God sent His son into the world to deliver humanity from bondage. When it seemed as though we could not be delivered from corruption, Christ stepped on the scene to deliver us. God has never been late and He never will be. God always works at the right time, to bring about His purposes in His children and in the world. Not only has He delivered us, but he has also given us the Holy Spirit that confirms our new positions as sons and daughters of the Most High. These are some pretty amazing truths! I’ve been blown away by reflecting on these things.

Is your heart still beating? I mean, God stepped into our broken world to redeem us for His own glory. We didn’t deserve that. We have been honored by the in breaking of Christ’s Kingdom on earth. That’s reason enough to commit our lives wholeheartedly to Christ and His church. I think Paul’s words are great, but they do not leave us without responsibility.

Because God has extended His grace to the least of us, we must intentionally decide to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16-23) Since we belong to Jesus we must put aside the ways of our old sin nature and put on the new nature of Christ. (5:24) What is it in your life that Christ needs to become Lord of?

Well, I’ll leave that answer up to you, as the Holy Spirit speaks to your hearts and minds. Anyway, all is well. There have been some difficult days lately, but the good days certainly outweigh the bad days. I just wanted to brief you on all that God is doing in my life and I hope you have been encouraged by my post.

Please join me in prayer for Welch College, its students, faculty, and administration. Pray that Satan will not quench the flaming desire of our students to actively engage Christ’s church and His world. Pray that we will pursue a faithful relationship with Him no matter what. Pray that we will remember that Christ stepped into our world just at the right time to redeem us and adopt us as sons. Pray for me and other students as we wrap up yet another semester at Welch College.

God is good and He is doing a great work of redemption in my life and in the world. Until next time, may God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine on you. Thank you for following me as I strive to follow the Master.