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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 3
While I was writing this chapter, I was reminded of a time when my children were young and we lived in a charming old home with a postage-stamp yard. During the ten years we lived in that house, I had the opportunity to share the gospel with neighbors and friends.
As our family grew, we decided to move to a larger home with a larger yard, so we painted the walls and put the home up for sale. I knew I liked the house and enjoyed the people I met, but it wasn’t until the last day of our stay that I finally understood that there was more to all of this than just a place to home.
God had put us in that neighborhood for a purpose. I held weekly Bible studies for kids. We had home church in our living room. We were a part of a local home schooling group. And through our interactions with the community, we were able to share the light of God’s love.
As I hugged my neighbor goodbye it all came together. “See you in church on Sunday,” I said. And with that, I knew it was a part of God’s plan.
We tend to forget that every moment, every experience, and every person we encounter is part of a larger plan that God has for us. Sometimes we may not understand the purpose at hand, but if we trust in God’s plan, we have the assurance that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, KJV)
I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I pray that wherever I go, I’ll continue to be called according to His purpose.
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Can you think of a time in your life when you felt as though God had put you in a certain place or situation for a specific reason? Click here to go to the comments.
Questions and Answers from Chapter 3
In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” What do you think the words “take up your cross” mean?
It means to be willing to make sacrifices, to lay down one’s own desires, and to be willing to suffer persecution and rejection for the sake of Jesus and His message. It is a call to be fully committed to following Jesus and living according to His teachings, even when it is difficult or uncomfortable.
James 1:2-4 talks about the testing of our faith. What attitude are we to have regarding the trials we face?
We should be joyful.
According to that same verse in James, what does the testing of our faith produce?
According to 1 Peter 1:7, what do our trials prove?
The genuineness of our faith
What does Isaiah 53:3 say about Jesus? Write the verse out here:
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
What does Jesus say about fear in Matthew 10:28? Write the verse out here:
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
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About the Author
DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.
Her passion for scripture and hunger for truth is the driving force behind a unique ministry that offers Bible studies and daily marriage prayers. Darlene is joined by her husband Michael on the daily podcast “5-Minute Marriage.”
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