Irresistible Living Learning Community: Session 3 Recap

By February 6, 2015Blog

The last thing recorded in Scripture that Peter wrote says, “Now grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18

Grace and knowledge.  Grow in them. That sums up an irresistible life.  The person who intentionally grows in Christ’s grace and knowledge will be humble, quick to admit his or her error, listen well, ask good questions, take interest in others, be interesting to talk with, love others deeply from the heart, etc.

In Christ grace is the application of knowledge.  Another way to say this is, “knowledge puffs up but love builds up” [1 Cor. 8]  The goal is not knowledge the goal is well informed grace.

An absolute in being irresistible is to love others wisely.  That is what Paul prays for the church at Philippi in his letter to them in chapter 1 verses 9-11. He prayed that their “love would abound more and more, in real knowledge and depth of insight, so that they would discern what is best.”  Loving wisely means loving under the influence of prayer.  This wisdom comes from the Spirit and is given in real time.  God gives wisdom in huge doses to those who trust Him for it [James 1:5-6].

For me personally the power for irresistible living is founded upon God’s extravagant love for me in Christ.  The second year of my walk with God the guy who discipled me had me read, study, memorize, meditate over and over Ephesians 1:3-14.  I know that God has shaped me greatly by the power of His word in this passage. If these words are actually true, and the resurrection of Christ backs them up so I believe they are true, the power they carry has consistenly set me up to be and do whatever the Father calls me to.  Accusations from the enemy are void of their influence, enticements to trust my flesh or this world instead of God are anemic, and the deceptions are subject to Christ’s light.  There are so many life-changing phrases in the Ephesians 1 passage but one that I have been thinking of recently is that God has blessed me in Christ with all of this extravagant grace “according to His good pleasure”.  God is not at all casual or hesitant about any of this graciousness He is leaning in to it with all of His good pleasure!

Fear, insecurity, guilt, shame, blame, comparing, complaining, competing etc all get kick in the gut by God’s limitless love that He has for us in Christ.  When I live in this love of God I know I have the best shot at living irresistible against all odds.

So growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is vital to our living effectively in this dark and decaying world. But that grace must also be immersed in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.  Our growth must also be intelectual not just grace filled.  So then, I urge all of us to be relentless students who continually learn more and more, both how to correctly handle the word and also know how to defend our beliefs in God amidst the many objections our non-believing friends and family have.

There is so much to say on this but I will leave you with a word of encouragement and exhortation from 1 Peter 3:14-16

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to gie an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  Keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

Resource…Search youtube for anything by Ravi Zacharias to get started on learning from an expert on Christian apologetics.

I love you all sincerely from my heart!

 

Joe McConkey

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