This past Thursday, Hykeng Paul joined FCA and spoke on how easy it is to be caught up in our daily routine and miss God’s purpose. Hykeng Paul emphasized how a lot of times we get stuck in our ways of learning and memorizing scripture that we miss the purpose of reading scripture, which is to understand and communicate with God. The overarching message of the sermon was that God wants to touch our hearts and not our heads.
Hykeng Paul used Matthew 26:69-75 to further explain his 3 main points:
1. Moments with Jesus doesn’t need to be the end with Jesus
It is very easy to be in constant communication with Jesus when we are praying, journaling, and surrounded by a strong Christian community, but it is when we are not fully immersed in these environments that we fall out of communication with Jesus. It is in these moments when we feel the most alone and unloved. We tend to question if God is real or reevaluate our relationship with him because we have fallen out of our constant communication with him.
In Matthew 26:75, “Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” In this moment, Peter realized what he had done and started weeping because he realized that as soon as he was separated from Jesus, he betrayed him. It is so easy for us to be like Peter and fall out of step as soon as we lose communication with Jesus, but just because we are not constantly immersed in prayer or scripture does not mean that we should forget our relationship with him.
2. Our language isn’t what sustains us
A lot of times as Christians we believe that one of the most essential things to proving ourselves to God is to memorize every passage in the bible. While it is important to read God’s word, we tend to get so caught up in the action of memorizing and forget that we are supposed to use the word to demonstrate God’s work and bring his will to the people of God. As the saying goes, ‘don’t talk the talk, unless you are going to walk the walk.’ As Americans we are so quick to talk like Jesus by spitting out a bible verse that we have memorized in order to prove ourselves to society, but in reality we do nothing more than repeat the bible. Peter sounded like Jesus and constantly said the right answer in front of a community that accepted Jesus as the savior, but when it came time to stand up for Jesus in public, he couldn’t follow through. Peter couldn’t follow through because he thought he just needed to have the knowledge about the kingdom to prove himself to Jesus, but in reality he needed to prove Jesus to those who hadn’t accepted Jesus. The gospel is meant to make Jesus look good, not us because Jesus has nothing to prove to the world for he is greater than any earthly thing.
3. Don’t curse what Jesus died for
We shouldn’t live like Peter, but rather learn from his mistakes. As soon as Peter realized what he had done, he started to feel alone and curse himself. If we start to curse ourselves and think that we are unloved and all alone, then it will be very hard to get back up, but with God’s help we can overcome whatever we are going through. Later in John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter again if he loves him and Peter replies yes. When we love Christ, people will no longer be looking at us, but will see Jesus through us. So when we feel like there is no hope and everyone is expecting something from us, we need to remember who God is and that with his help we can overcome anything.