Peering Through | Remington Allen
I believe there is no other way to start this blog than by starting with the faithfulness of God. I think we get this wrong so many times; for me, I sometimes feel that I have to be faithful to God out of obligation- and this couldn’t be further from the truth. As Christians, the reason we try to be faithful to God is that He first pursued us by sending His Son as an atonement for our sin. The God of the Universe came to die the death I deserve so that I could have Life! (Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-8) There is no response worthy enough for that kind of love, so the most I can do is chase after Him with all of my being until the day comes when I get to be with Him in eternal paradise.
I heard a pastor one time say, “At the beginning of every single relationship, you don’t know what you’re going to get, but with Christ, you know exactly what you’re going to get.” This could not be truer because we have access to the living and inherent Word of God! By reading it are we able to grow so we can go out and tell others about the gift of Christ and it also gives us an insight to our hearts so that Christ can work through our hearts and make us more like Himself (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12). And in His Word Jesus says this, alluding to what we get when we chose him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the embodiment of Truth. When we choose Christ, we choose Truth.
I got to see this Truth on full display this week. To be honest, I was reluctant on coming back to Link Year and was actually dreading it most of the way to Branson. I was fearful that, because I had been gone for more than half of the first semester, I would miss out on a lot of relationship building, therefore not having friends when I got back. I was also fearful that the start of this semester would parallel with that of the first semester; awkward, uncomfortable and desperately missing the place I call home. While I do miss home, the start of this semester was not awkward nor uncomfortable.
While I was driving, I was reminded of the account of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. He had gone off with three of His closest disciples to pray before he was arrested by Jewish officials; one of the times he returned to his disciples he asks Peter, who had fallen asleep, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). I remember I was on the road praying, asking God to strengthen my spirit because my flesh is extremely weak. Then the next time my mind came to thinking about Link Year, there was a comfort and peace about coming back that only can have been from the Holy Spirit because my flesh was blinded my emotions.
I am continuously learning how unreliable my emotions are. They are as reliable as the shifting sands. I am continuously finding that in order to follow Christ, because He is the embodiment of Truth, I need to view my emotions as a window and look through them to the Truth of Scripture to renew my mind and to determine the way I live. If we chase after Truth, our emotions will follow along. But if we chase our emotions, we may get temporary satisfaction, yes, but in the end we will only end with confusion and turmoil.
Everyone is back from Christmas break and no time was wasted diving right back into class! This week Adam Donyes taught on different world religions and denominations of each. Students also spent time planning for the next year of their lives by researching different majors and applying for scholarships in class.