Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the week off! It is always tough to come back after a week and get back to class, but we can get through it if we hang tough. It certainly was an eventful week for many of us at Cru, as we were away on mission trips all week. I know that God moved in incredible ways in both places, and if you want to hear more then make sure to be at Crutomorrow night! There will be an open mic sharing time where we can celebrate the ways God worked together!
I went on the trip to Dominica, and I thought we could look at a passage that really spoke to me during my time there. 1 Peter 1:3-9 reads, "3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
This passage spoke to me about attitude, and mindset. Key phrases, such as,"Born again to a living hope," and "An inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading" worked wonders on me. I had dealt with some frustration early on in the week, but being reminded of what is to come, and of the hope that we have in Jesus- and through him salvation- revealed how little these small annoyances mean in light of eternity. We talk all the time about living with an eternal perspective, but do we really live that out, and always keep our eyes and minds fixed on things above? My attitude suffered, and I was lacking in my celebration of God's work, but when I was reminded of where my focus should be, everything changed. God may use us in ways that we don't expect, or don't feel most satisfied in, but because it is God's will in our lives, there should be nothing else that satisfies us more. I would challenge you to think about the ways that God is using you now, and how you can truly celebrate Him through it, even if it is beyond your understanding of why he is putting you there. He showed me in the middle of the week why He chose the role that He had for me. I found satisfaction in that, even though it had not been my expectation going into the trip. I was able to celebrate the ways that God was working through my teammates, and am so encouraged by how God used them this week, and how He spoke to me through this passage. How are you living in light of eternity?
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.