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Part 5: What I’ve Learned About Jesus

07.06.13 | Leadership, Church Plant | by Jobey McGinty

Part 5: What I’ve Learned About Jesus

    It’s been six months TODAY since we launched Life Mission Church and I want to share with you a few things that I have learned as I reflect upon this adventure...

    It’s been six months TODAY since we launched Life Mission Church. It has been the most exciting and amazing thing that I have ever experienced and been a part of.  It has been the most rewarding and challenging thing I have ever been a part of. And it has been the most faith building thing I have ever been a part of.  I could go on forever just about those things, but as our Six Month Anniversary is now here (July 6), I want to share with you a few things that I have learned as I reflect upon the last six months of this adventure. Read previous post here.

    More than anything in these past 6 months, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about Jesus. This was the most difficult post, because I could go in so many directions with what I’ve learned about Him. But the thing is, I haven’t just learned about Him, I have been able to encounter Him in more ways than ever. Of the other previous posts I wrote in the last few days, Christ was in all of those things. He was at the center of learning more about myself, He was at the center of learning more about convictions, He was at the center of me learning more about the body of Christ. As Colossians 3.11 says, “Christ is all, and in all.”

    And that is no pantheistic statement that Christ lives in your toast or spies on us from inside trees. Rather it means to show that Christ is our everything, He is what holds all things together, ordains all things, creates all things, and is sovereign over all things. He is indeed omniscient and omnipresent, and that means He is deeply involved in every single affair of your life.

    In these past few months, there have been times, as I mentioned in the previous post, of loneliness, and there have been times of joy; there have been times of confusion and doubt, and times of clarity and zeal; there have been times of immense pressure, and times when life seems so fluid. And yet, in all these times, there has always been Christ.

    Christ has used, even caused, some of these more desperate times in my life to show me the shallowness of my trust, in order to purposefully give opportunity to deepen my trust. It’s been a miraculous time in my heart; a time of growing pains, seeing the vileness of the things that I once held dear and loved, and now feeling the freedom and joy of counting all those things as loss.

    I’ve been so forced to find my deepest identity in Christ alone. Though today I’ve obviously known Christ longer and more deeply than ever in my life, each day that goes by seems to make it even more difficult a battle. C.S. Lewis, in my paraphrase, said that the man who sees that he is getting worse, is actually getting better.  The man who sees that he is getting better, is actually doing worse.

    What Lewis meant is much like what Paul inadvertently revealed in his self-assessments. In 1 Corinthians 15.9, written in 55 A.D., he said “I am least of all the Apostles.” Five years later, in Ephesians 3.8, he said, “I am least of all the saints.” Finally, three years after that, in 1 Timothy 1.15, he said “I am the chief of sinners.”

    The closer Paul got to Jesus, the more he realized how deeply sinful he was. He started by associating himself as an Apostle, but then didn’t feel the worthiness of that, and called himself least of the saints. But after knowing Christ more, he called himself the biggest sinner of them all.

    The more I see the beauty and bigness and glory of God, the more I’ve realized how absolutely incapable I am of following Him and emulating Him. It’s only by His incredible grace that I can do anything remotely pleasing to Him, and I am beyond grateful for that.

    My prayer for myself is that I would simply fall more radically and deeply and insatiably in love with Christ. I need nothing else than that.  Someone once said that the man who has Jesus and everything else has no more than the man who has Jesus and nothing else.

    The more that I realize the greatness of God and the sinfulness of my own self, the more I realize my need to be totally dependent on Him for all things, because I am completely in over my head. And by God’s grace, I will always remain in over my head.

    When is the last time you wept over the truth of who you are with and without Jesus?
    Do you often and regularly spend time with Him? Not just reading His Word or praying to Him, but being in His Word and in prayer in order to be face to face with Him.
    In the past year, do you see that you have less sin in your life, or do you feel like you have had more sin revealed in your life?