The Gospel: A beautiful story of The Lord renewing the once broken relationship with His people. A story that is simple enough for a young child to understand and come to faith, yet has the complexity to keep teaching, molding, and convicting mature Christians and theologians alike. I can not even begin to count the amount of times I have heard the Gospel proclaimed and taught throughout my lifetime, yet easy is it for us to begin to have an insufficient view of the Gospel and the power that it has as it is working in our hearts and the hearts of others.
As I sat under some amazing teachings this week, I have been convicted of how lightly I often view the Gospel. We see in Romans 1:17 that the Gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The Gospel has great power. It is so much more that we can ever think, yet I know that in my own life I don’t live confidently in the authority that it has. Although this week I heard the same gospel that I have since I was a child, The Lord revealed the numbness that has grown in my heart towards it. I have also seen The Lord answer the prayer that I have been praying this week, found in Psalm 51: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” I have seen a growing desire and joy for the gospel begin to form in my relationship with The Lord.
This week I have been struggling with many different views and opinions regarding the inner workings of The Lord’s plan of salvation, but I have been so encouraged knowing that the Gospel is the absolute, unchanging truth that I can stand on. This Gospel has saved me from the punishment of sin, practice of sin, and pain of sin. I stand in amazement as I finish out this week realizing all that has changed in my heart.
Not only have I been learning and growing in my walk this week, but I also have been experiencing exciting things and growing tremendously in my friendships here at Link Year. This past Friday, we got to go play paintball for TGIF. This was an interesting experience for me. Even though I still have bruises from the many paintballs I was drilled with, I had such an amazing time running around and fearfully hiding from others who were shooting at me. This weekend I had the chance to spend a lot of good time with others here. I have loved getting to spend time with other believers that are passionate about pursuing Christ like I am. I can honestly say that the friendships I have made here will last far longer than just this school year.
This past week, we also had maintnence day — which, shockingly, I actually really enjoyed. I got to be outside with my friends raking leaves and making the most out of the work day. Lastly, I was paired with a student who is attending the Kanakuk Institute this year. I will get to be mentored by her and hang out with her once a week. I have already been so encouraged and challenged through my first meeting with her. I am learning practical methods to store away The Lord’s Word in my heart through memorizing scripture.
As I look back over all of the things that have happened this week, I stand in amazement at how The Lord is moving in my heart and all that He is doing through Link Year. I can honestly say that there is no place I would rather be, and I continue to be blown away as The Lord is taking me from one degree of glory to another through the work of the cross.