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After a long time of prayer and consideration we have decided to rejuvenate our blog: our name, vision and format.
Originally, we named our blog ‘Rooted’ because our vision was wide and less focused than it is now. We wanted to encourage other believers to be planted and anchored in the word of God and to live accordingly. This aspect hasn’t really changed much,we still believe that we should all aim to be rooted in God and His Word. But our focus is now more precise, we want to use this platform to highlight the significance of the promise that This Isn’t It.
“This Isn’t It” means that there is hope, there is freedom, and there is so much more to be found in living life with Christ. The life that he offers gives hope in every and all situations we may face in this life. Hope in darkness, anxiety, finances, health, family life, friendships and the list goes on. The hope that God gives unlocks a level of freedom within our lives that we cannot grasp on our own. Jesus repeatedly reminds the disciples that the things of this life will fade, but that Him and His word are eternal. He doesn’t tell them this because life on earth is unimportant but to assure them that both good and difficult times will come and go but the faithfulness of God is constant. Therefore we are free from loneliness in every single situation life could throw at us.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Throughout the Bible we see many examples of God reminding people that there is more. For example, in John 9 when Jesus heals the man blind from birth, we can imagine how familiar the man must have become with his blindness. He would wake up and (unable to find work) go and beg on the streets to be able to afford to live. In this story it is easy to imagine how someone must feel being born blind. They know no different, so why would it ever be different? Then Jesus comes and turns this hopeless thought process on its head. He heals the blind man, giving him sight for the first time in his life. He gave the blind man hope by showing him that there is more, that this isn’t it. There are many significant things in this parable, but our point here is that Jesus can open our eyes to our own situational blindness.
Paul is a great example of a person who knew where to fix his focus, even while sat in prison he wrote letters to many churches encouraging them to hope in God because of the promise God gives of eternal life (a wholeeeee post in itself). If you don’t know much about Paul, he had life changing encounter with God with gave him radical faith. He travelled from city to city proclaiming the gospel which landed him in prison but din’t stop him. Churches would write letters to him seeking advice on their moral and current issues and Paul would respond with God-given wisdom about what they were to do. Paul was very passionate in his writing and never let prison affect his confidence in God. He had learnt about the teachings of Christ and the promises of eternal life that he had made whilst still on earth and so encouraged the churches to keep focusing on the things unseen.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Here Paul is teaching the church in Corinth that their struggles are very real, and very hard but by persisting with God, by trusting in His faithfulness, greater things are being prepared even if we cannot see it. Paul reminds us to be encouraged because this life isn’t it.
Jesus himself says “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).” What does this look like?
The point of this blog is the help us all understand that life with Christ has so much more to offer than the life we know. Hope, freedom and the promise of eternity.
Who is it for?
We both feel that our audience consists of mainly females and so we’d like to focus our posts around relevant topics for them. Not to say that guys can’t subscribe too but our content won’t be so general any more. We feel super passionate about reaching women and helping them grow and develop and question their own walk with God. We would like to create a safe community where people can be encouraged and ask whatever’s on their mind. As we’ve said previously, we’re not pastors nor do we hold any theological degrees (yet) but we love to research and will get answers to discuss. We hope you can join us as we discover that This Isn’t It.
L & A