I have had a hard time putting into words what I have been learning these past 2 weeks. Through the pictures I have been able to share, I know it may seem like… “Ohhh I donated money to Woody so she could live in a dream place- with a beautiful view and an ocean?! What the heck!” I hope I am wrong in this thinking.
I can promise you that the beauty of Spain is just a blessing from the Lord. The true beauty that I am seeing here is how I am being stretched. I am being challenged, I am being molded, but most importantly I am learning Who I am in Him so I can step out into this world and change a generation. to literally change the world for our kids and our kids’ kids. So I thank you for joining me and Jesus in this journey. I wouldn’t be here without you all. I hope you too can learn who you are through this experience. (side note: anyone is welcome to come visit me and sit in on a class!)
We have had the privilege this week of being under the teachings of Andrew Shearman, the founder of G42. It has been such an honor. He has not only invited us into his family and home with open arms, but also spoken greats truths into our lives already. I know he will be there for all of us interns for years to come. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned this week from him.
What exactly does G42 even stand for? Answer: The 42nd Generation.
let me explain.
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.” [ John 1:6-7 ]
God is The Word and we are His voice.
There was a woman sent from God whose name was Woody.
There was a man/woman sent from God whose name was ______. (fill in your name- I’m serious. read it out loud. believe it!)
we must speak up. but first we must know who we are in Him. We need confidence, then we can have a plan. God wants to use those who are hungry for Him, who seek Him out. who desire more of Him in their lives. I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of not living. What is my purpose here? it is not to get to Heaven (that is merely a benefit), but for me it is to love. simply that. to bring Heaven down to Earth.
What does this have to do with the 42nd Generation? In Matthew 1, Matthew lists the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew claims there are 42 generations, but if you count them there is only 41 listed. Christ IS the 42nd generation. We are the 42nd. We can be the generation to actually stop repeating history. To end poverty. To end human trafficking. To end pain and suffering in this world.
In other words, Jesus is a free gift given to all (the 41st) and Christ will cost you everything (the 42nd). but… in choosing Christ you will gain His inheritance! walk this out. reach for it.
God doesn’t need anything from us. He is self-sufficient. He didn’t create us out of need, however He did choose to create us out of love. in His image. so we could rely on Him alone. He chose us before we were even lost! how crazy is that? which excites me even more to know that I was created for greatness in Him! to be blessed by Him. That is His plan. for all of us. That is it. at the end of the day whether we go left or right God is right behind us pushing us forward and by just moving forward that brings deliverance! [ Isaiah 30:21 ]
Andrew explained it with the illustration of two trees: there is the tree of life and there is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
So often we ask God why? in situations, in circumstances… when we do this we choose to go to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. we are seeking logic and understanding that just simply doesn’t exist in the human world. so then we get angry. we feel entitled to an answer. when from the beginning He has always been the one to fight for us. The exact same Spirit that got Mary pregnant lives inside of us. The exact same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives in us.
This is the point of G42. To help me walk into my inheritance. To take over the family business.
God is good. always. that is a statement. a fact. a truth. nothing changes that. and when we begin to question our purpose or why we hurt or why things don’t make sense- all we can do it kneel at the tree of life and give thanks- worship Him, because He truly is all we will ever need.
He is the answer to life. He breathes life. He chose a man. a human. His only Son to die for us. So why not have faith that He can and will and is using us, another man/woman to raise up a generation and take back our inheritance! He is simply just waiting on us to show up. To leave the wilderness. To cross the Jordan… because you can know God and still live in the wilderness your whole life. What will you choose?
We are the voice of God.
We are the hands of God.
We are the heart of God.
Go be His light and joy to the world. Just go be you.