Heard at Café: 8/28/2018

Welcome to Café! This was our first full Café of the year, and we are so excited to be back.

This semester, Jeremy will be going through the Sermon on the Mount. It's a collection of Jesus's teachings found in Matthew. For this week, Jeremy talked about what happens right before, when Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness. 

Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

In this story, the devil appeals to Jesus with illusion and lies, poking at self-doubt, and trying to make Jesus prove He's who He says He is. And the shortcuts He's offered, the shortcuts we can take in our lives, are tempting. We discussed the classic fable, the tortoise or the hare. In this world of needing instant gratification, how do we fit in? If Georgia Tech came and offered you your degree today, would you take it? It's hard to say 'no' when things feel easy, it's hard to remember to think about whether saying 'yes' would be good for you in the long run. But we don't want to skip to the end. It's why we watch movies, read books, and watch the game and not just learn the final score.  Jesus calls us to take the longer, the better, the truer road. Focusing on building character and letting integrity shape our path, rather than taking shortcuts or the easy way out.
And maybe it's not all about choosing good verses bad. It might just be between living to be 'okay' and living for 'better.'  We shouldn't settle for less than the love and patience that God can offer. Jesus wants deeply loving and passionate followers. So the question we need to ask ourselves at the end of the day is, "Who are we becoming?" It's not just about where we want to end up, but the kind of person we are when we get there. This semester, we're going to look at the way Jesus calls us to live deeper, fuller lives, as we grow, learn, and experience truth together.

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