Getting To The Heart Of It


Getting to the heart of it

As one of the “newbies” on team, these past few months have been quite a ride! There is plenty to learn, and not many dull moments. Already I have grown much from the constant “life-on-life” relationships with team members, church members, and friends from college that I have bumped into along the way. All in all, I am confident that travelling on team is what the Lord has for me right now, and I am so glad to be here.

But we know that life is not exclusively positive experiences. We live in a messed up world, and if we are honest, we are quite a mess ourselves. Once, G.K. Chesterton was asked “What’s wrong with the world today?”. His insightful reply was, “I am”. If you don’t believe there is anything wrong with yourself, try spending more time around people and see what happens! While travelling, the team community has acted as a mirror of my soul, and some of my ugly features have been coming to light. Although I probably still don’t recognize the full extent of my selfishness, I can see it more clearly as I travel the road of life with others.

Interestingly enough, we all naturally react differently when our flaws are revealed. Some common responses are anger, defensiveness, self-righteousness, and avoidance. Personally, I generally tend to despair and feel insecure. But Christ’s victory means that I can see my faults yet not be defeated. The gospel has not only saved me, but it is continually saving me. In fact, it is good to see my faults, for God is showing how He wants to grow me. Understanding what I have in Christ – complete acceptance and security that is not based on my performance – is gradually changing me from the inside out. I can truly change only if it is God that changes me. In a letter to the church of Corinth, Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Christ, God not only accepts me as the sinner that I am, but wants me to behold Him and be changed because of it!

-Andrew Smith

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