It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever, so I thought I’d take advantage of some free time I had today and write a little something. The past few weeks have been crazy in ways–a lot of shifting taking place, both inwardly and outwardly.
Inwardly: The Lord has been intensively working on my heart and mind for the past few months. I won’t go into all the ins and outs of it right now, but I feel sanctification taking place inside of me, and I’m grateful that the God of the universe finds it to be a good thing to work out holiness in a wretch like myself. And I don’t say that so I sound humble— I mean it. I am a wretch. And so are you. But God loves His chosen wretches—and He will make something beautiful out of us, for the sake of His name and to the praise of His glorious grace. It’s reassuring to remember that God’s mercy on my life is not merely for my sake and benefit (although that very much is part of it), but primarily for the sake of His Name and His glory. Because God is working good in me, for me, and through me for His glory, I know He will stop at nothing. Nothing I do or don’t do will deter His purpose in bringing my salvation to a glorious completion on the day His Son returns to execute judgement on this world. My hope is fully set—or in the process of being fully set— on the grace that will be brought to me on that day. Christ is the only immovable and unshakable place for any of us to place our hope. I don’t want to find security in anything else.
Outwardly: I got a job in New Orleans this week. As I’ve said before, I have felt strongly that the Lord has called me to take my life to New Orleans and plant it there. For reasons I don’t know, I believe that this city is exactly where I am supposed to be at this point in my life—and the Lord confirmed that by providing me with a job doing exactly the same thing that I’ve been doing in Shreveport for nearly 5 years. I had planned on moving next Spring, but am now moving next month. Right now I am devoting as much time, thought and prayer to being prepared for this transition— I know that it is in times of instability and change that Satan harasses me most, so I want to be guarded. I need to stay focused on Christ and His will for me. I have to remember that I am not moving to New Orleans for the purpose of getting a good job or a change of scenery—I am moving to New Orleans for no other reason than spending my life away for the sake of the gospel. I don’t want to waste time or make excuses for not living a life that reflects the the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I’m excited to see what God has planned for the coming months. I will keep you all updated!