From God’s Word:
Colossians 2:2-3, “I want them to have full confidence because they have complete understanding of God’s secret plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
From It’s No Secret:
“But did you ever stop to think that God stands ready to reveal many of His secrets to you. As He does He chooses you, honors you, trusts you, empowers you.” p. 18, INS
As I read the verses in Colossians 2 and then these sentences in INS, I have to pause and consider what they mean to me. Here’s what I get:
Full confidence- This is something I don’t possess on my own. My confidence can come and go when I depend on myself alone for it. But I am God’s child. I am given understanding of God’s secret plan…what is that plan? Christ. I have Him. He is in me, I am in Him. (John 14:20) I may not be confident, but I can have confidence because I have Jesus. This is so empowering to me.
We are chosen, honored, trustworthy, and empowered. (uh-oh, you MTC’ers know what I’m thinking here…I got da powahhh! If you didn’t do MTC, forgive me…I’ll fill you in on that later, maybe in our first vlog later this week) But seriously, to think that I’ve been chosen by God…wow. How much time have we spent in our lives wanting to fit in? Be accepted? Feel important?
With God we have this. But we have to do our part. God won’t force us to listen to Him or spend time getting to know Him. That’s up to us. And in order to even half way grasp how special we are to God, how worthy we are to be revealed God-sized secrets, well, we have to SHOW UP. Show up and just be who we are, no pretending, no masks, just willing.
Rachel sums it up well on p.26: “I thought believing in God and trying to do the right thing was what church was all about. I didn’t realize that— because Jesus lived, died, and rose— I could have a dynamic relationship with the God of the universe and He would delight in empowering me to live well.”
Have you shown up this week? What have you learned by showing up? Are you willing to keep showing up? Are you willing to open your heart to what God has to reveal to you? Are you making excuses why you can’t show up? What are they?
Dish it out sistas. Let me hear it. Where are you in your relationship with the Lord? Are you showing up? Have you RSVP’d? Do you trust God to reveal His secrets to you? What questions do you want to ask Him? What are you lacking? What are you looking for? How can you encourage others here? If you are joining me, we are in a Bible Study group together. A Christ Community. A bunch of Jesus girls. Let us hear from you Questions, thoughts, a-ha moments, doubts, fears, and what you’ve learned by showing up.
I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this!
****Next assignment: Wednesday- Read Chapter 2. Thursday- Answer Chapter 2 Bible Study questions. Comment here and share your thoughts, prayer requests, and favorite verses. For more social interaction, visit the Online Bible Studies Facebook page. Have a great day!