Hi! We are at the end of Week 2 of our study, Whatever! Now, if we were in an actual classroom setting right now, we would have a discussion on the homework you completed and tie up some lose ends before beginning the next week’s lesson. Since we are not all together, we can’t have this discussion, therefore, I am going to give you some notes in an attempt to summarize what you studied in your homework.
I know that for some of you looking at those large portions of Scripture was challenging. You wondered if you did your chart correctly, got the right answers, etc, Let me put your mind to rest. Simply reading those passages and making notes that stuck out to you about Jesus was the point. I gave you guidelines for the process but mainly I just wanted you to read the Word and see what Jesus did for you, who you are because of Him, and identify some promises as a result of His work on your behalf.
This week we focused on “thoughts about self.” Using Psalm 139, Colossians, and Ephesians we learned the following truths:
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made by my Creator for His glory and specific purpose, therefore, what I think about myself is a direct reflection of what I think about God and His ability to create. (Day 1 – Psalm 139)
- Because I am “in Christ,” I have a future “hope of glory” that I can look forward to in eternity – “Christ in me the hope of glory.” For now, I need to remember that God is making me more like Him day by day and bringing me to full maturity in Him. My job is to walk worthy of my calling and seek the “things above.” I do this as I read His Word, continue steadfastly in prayer, and look to Him. (Days 2-3 – Colossians)
- The theme of Ephesians is that we are “In Him.” We have been called to a glorious inheritance in Christ Jesus all because of the grace He poured out for us at the cross. It is this grace that we must learn to rest in. We should not take it for granted, but rather realize that we are all a work in progress, we are surrounded by the love of Christ, and the power of Christ is at work within us.
I can have wonderful thoughts about myself because of who created me, because of who loves me, because of who gave His life for me, and because of who lives in me – Jesus. There is no need for negativity when it comes to the thoughts about myself. Jesus loves me and lives in me, therefore, I need to see myself as He sees me – complete in Him!
How do remembering these truths about Jesus Christ help you think what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy about yourself?
What have you been able to “four-eight” about yourself this week?
We will begin Week 3 of our study on Friday, June 20. This will give those of you who may be behind schedule a couple of days to catch up. Do NOT make yourself feel guilty if you’ve gotten behind! That is neither excellent of praiseworthy! Give yourself some grace, pick up your Bible, pray and look to Jesus.
If you would like to print the summary and bottom line for Week 2, you may download it here.
See you back again on Friday!