I just got back from LifeGroup where I got to experience a beautiful picture of confession, community, and grace. I was super close to skipping out on them tonight, I have two tests this week and a million other excuses, but I went and am so glad I did. I am so thankful for those women. In case you don't know what Life Group is... its just another name for Midtown's small groups where we live life together and try to love each other as family, as Jesus loves us.
Being apart of LifeGroup has taught me so much and grown me in so many ways. Even when it's hard to see God doing work in my own life it is so incredible and clear that He is doing work in my best friends' lives. And that is SO encouraging. Hearing about what God is doing in other people's lives just gives me a reality check on who God is. Can I just confess something.... I am so selfish. I'm so easily focused on what God is doing (or isn't doing) in my life. I know we all are, but lately I've just been annoying myself with my selfishness. Hearing what God is doing outside of my own little world just reminds me that my God is BIG. Like really, really big. Sovereign and in control of everything. And He loves us all SO much. Enough to be intimately involved in every single one of our lives. Enough to pursue us and invite us to be apart of His family.
That's just crazy! It's crazy because its so true. I loved Midtown's sermon tonight on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (yes, I had to google the spelling of their names). The point isn't that they stood up for God, so God saved them from the fiery furnace. The point is that we serve the only God who came down to walk amongst us, to take part in our suffering. No other God can save in this way. Thats how much He cares. At the end of the story King Neb gets saved and Jesus completely changes his heart! In the beginning of the story his heart was so hardened that it seemed impossible for him to ever love God. I'm definitely guilty of giving up on some people in my life, because they seem to have absolutely no interest in anything spiritual. Tonight was a great reminder that my friends and family didn't give up on me so I won't give up on anyone either. We should nBut now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Sorry this post is a little scattered. My thoughts/ emotions have been a little scattered lately. On another note, please please join me in praying for the Girl's Night Out event. Jesus used this event to begin a radical transformation in my life (read about it here) and I'm praying that He will use this night to transform other girl's lives too!