What’s going on this week?

Some things I’m reading…

Just finished reading ‘Rescuing Ambition’, which I’ve recommended and I’ve shared some stories from recently.  REEEAADDD IITTT.  I totally love the challenge to live with a downward ambition: seeking to become less, seeking to get lower, seeking to humble yourself.

I’m a pretty ambitious person, so the book was encouraging and challenging at the same time.

I’ve been processing through what to do when my ambitions are thwarted – even my godly ones.  Dane Otund had a post that struck a nerve along that theme.  I long to be the kind of person who  responds to ambition denied with that sort of truth.

Some things I’m hearing…

As I shared a little in my last blog post, it’s been a bumpy weekend.

In the middle of all that I’ve been super encouraged by this sermon from our church Sunday.

I love the reminder that I can bank everything on the promises that have been held out to me.  Like Israel, God has promised me an inheritance.  He’s promised me that before I see that inheritance there will be trials.  And He’s promised me that He will be with me in those trials.  Good news indeed.

Speaking of promises, here are five of the things you can stake your life on from the Gospel-Driven Church blog.

Some things I’m watching…

The Austin Film Festival has a new series on PBS called ‘On Story’.  It’s awesome.  I especially loved the most recent episode because I love 3:10 to Yuma.  Michael Brandt mentions that the movie addresses the ever important question: what’s a man’s price?

It reminded me of Ezekiel where God describes Israel in some unflattering terms.  He speaks of Israel as a prostitute, giving herself to other gods, but the prophet points out there is one key difference between Israel and a prostitute:

Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings.  So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.

God says to Israel – a prostitute is paid.  She has a price.  But Israel – you actually pay to betray me.

If you ask yourself – ‘what is your price?  What does it take for you to turn away from God?’ – the answer should send you to your knees.

No one needs to pay me to turn away from the one true God.  Instead I pay to turn away from Him.  I am willing to spend my time, my energy and my very soul to earn approval or power or significance.

All of us spend everything we have been given – all our faculties – to buy for ourselves empty treasures.

I’m so thankful that I have been bought back.

I’m so thankful for Jesus.  He faced that same question in the wilderness.  Satan stood before Him and offered Him any number of things if He would just disobey God.  Satan asked Him: ‘what is your price?’ and Christ’s answer rang out with conviction.  He could not be bought.  Even the whole world was not enticing enough for Him to forsake the will of the Father.

Thanks be to God for the only Man who had no price.

What are you reading, hearing and watching this week?

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