Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thoughts on Tyson's message "Tempted and Free" from February 23, 2011

Tyson said something in his message last night that really got me thinking. He said that when you follow somebody; you end up where they are going. And the more I meditate on that, the more nervous it tends to make me, because it's too easy to follow the wrong person or the wrong idea. Being the A.D.D. person and relatively baby christian that I am, and living in an age when soul searching couples with deceit on a universal scale, i find myself looking for anything that promises answers or giving some sort of path to follow. And that's not a bad thing, until i start following paths that are clearly not of God, thinking it will work just the same, if not better. Then i wind up so turned around and more lost than i was before. I end up dependent on that path or on that sin that lead me to the mess in the first place. And i drift further and further away from God until there's an inch of dust on my bible and God's voice is barely abaove a whisper.

But here's the miraclulous part, where the story takes a dramatic plot twist for the better. All it takes to turn a bad situation like that around and turn away from sin is to listen to that "still, small voice". And I'll be the first to admit that with the volume generally turned up on the things of the world, that whisper is not alway the most audible. But i have come to realize that God is never on mute.
Tyson also shared that we should view every temptation as an opportunity to stand up for what we believe in, and by doing so, glorify God. And when we do that, unbelievers will take notice. And that's good, because one of the big reasons people don't believe in Christ is because christians don't stand up for righteousness, which is just a fancy way of saying that we don't practice what we preach. We "blend in so well that people can't see the difference (between the way we relate to God and the world) when it's the difference that sets the world free" (casting crowns).
I left C4 last night really convicted, but also really inspired. I've been challenged to truly live out my faith, battle temptation and false paths that the world throws at me, and to thereby glorify God, instead of just squeaking by on the bare minimum christianity. And i think that it goes without saying that i think it would be a good challenge for every christian around the world. Just think about what the world would look like if we all lived according to God's will. Because the world has nothing for us.


Tom York said...

Well put Emily!!! Follow Him and Listen! God Bless!
~Tom York~

Cara said...

I was just thinking this morning how the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. May we never lose sight of that truth! It doesn't matter what he promises - as Joe said, the result is destruction. That's all the devil can do! Yet we think "this is different. This looks cool" Fooled again and again. O Truth that You are, set us free!