Thursday, April 23, 2015

Truths and Isolation

I can't begin to express how much the community of my floor and other Moody students has encouraged me and given me the words I needed to hear this week - not only to persevere in these last weeks of the semester, but also to draw nearer to the Lord and His Truth.

I have much to learn. So much. But that is why we have the body of Christ, right? The gifts we have been given by the Spirit are ones that are meant to be used for the building up of the church. My RA, Brynna, has told me multiple times this week, for different reasons, "We are not meant to do things in isolation."

It's true and such a good reminder. We were created by God and for his glory. We were created to be in a relationship with Him. And yet sin separated us from Him. By His grace, he offers us a renewal of relationship with Him by giving us the free gift of salvation that could only happen because of Jesus Christ's death on the cross, and His resurrection. We are restored to relationship with him by faith and repentance. Not only can we live in this relationship with Him now, but we live in the community of believers as well...not in isolation! What a beautiful new reality, only by and through Christ.

As I've been illustrating the 10 truths of the Gospel this week for a group presentation for Human Development, I've thought a lot about the Gospel itself: the Good News that brings life to those who were bound to death.

I have visually seen these truths not only in my illustrations this week, but also in the way that this community has lived out the Gospel. This Gospel is relational, and not experienced or confessed in isolation. Praise Him. Individuality is lonely, but community is so rich when it's grounded in the Lord, in all of who He is. We are still sinful and we have our issues and struggles and problems, but we are covered in His mercy. What a gift. 


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