A guest post by Timo McGeehon
Life change is both an amazing and terrifying experience. It is a deciding to say that what lies behind will not keep you from pressing on towards what lies ahead. It is resolving in your heart to live contrary to what is your current normal. As hard as life change is in the moment, there is also much to be said about the road leading up to the decision to thrust yourself into this life change. As our LT team, minus Alex, made its way to California we contemplated our decision to immerse ourselves in a new life. We all wished to experience life change, that is why we were on this journey to Los Angeles, California where we would live for 10 weeks, and yet there were still questions that we all needed to answer in each of our hearts. Once we arrived safely in California and unpacked our stuff into our new homes, one the girls two story house, the other a USC fraternity, and began our life changing journey. For the next 6 days we would pray in the morning together and have quiet times, hear teachings nightly, share the gospel on campus, search for jobs (for some of us), go to jobs (for others), and live in biblical community with our brothers and sisters from the other churches here at LT with us (El Paso, TX and Fort Collins, CO). Though the schedule was busy and taxing on our energy and sleep, I know each of us experienced God this week. For myself God really spoke some amazing truth that I deeply needed.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Sometimes in the Christian life we think the first verse in Matthew says to go and do a lot of amazing things and find life in those things, and then there are passages like that in Hebrews which tells us that it is by faith that we please God and find life. This week, amid the activities and looking for a job, I understood a bit more how it is one can make the hard choice of giving God your life to mold and change. To choose to be like Jesus I first had to decide in my heart that walking like Jesus is more rewarding, more satisfying, and more worth giving my life to then the alluring things of this world, mine being (career, fame, “fun”), yours are probably a little different. Once one decides that Jesus is worth giving their life to you then must decide how much of your life you’re willing to trust him for. That is where I saw these two passages collide. We are only able to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, over our concerns and worries, when we truly have the faith that God is a good good father, and that He rewards and takes care of those who earnestly seek Him. We should not be worrying and contemplating whether our time spent reading or praying, or just spending time with God is ill-invested, but should instead, in confidence, trust and believe that all these things (the worries of this life) will be taken care of by our Father above.
May God be blessing and encouraging everyone back at Desert’s End Church Community with His love! We’ll continue praying for you guys and ask that you would do the same!