“What is finished?”

I’m so excited to share with you how Jesus moved in my life this weekend.

First off, 180 Weekend was incredible. My buddy Carlos Bedoya aka Loso, an artist from Tampa Fl, was our guest for the weekend. We spent a lot of down time just hanging out having great conversations and building up our friendship.

Loso asked me why did Jesus die for me. I said because we are sinners and the price of our sin had to be paid. Loso said, “Dillon, think, think about it Dillon. I know you know the answer bro just think deeper. What was the last thing that Jesus said on the cross?” I told him that Jesus said “tetelestai,” which is a greek word that translates to “It is finished.” He said, “Right, what is finished?” So we continued and talked through everything.

Loso left me with a great example of “What is finished.”

Think of God, think of Him having a bow and arrow drawn back. God is holy, we are unholy. Those two cannot have anything to do with each other. The front hand of God is love, begging us to come home. Pleading. The back hand is his wrath that has to be given unto whatever is unholy. The target is us. Jesus stepped in front of us and took the wrath upon himself. WHAT? What a beautiful analogy. Think about that. The wrath was given. Jesus lived a perfect, blameless life, obeying all that he was supposed to. Took the wrath of God. And now God looks at us and sees us obeying him. Wow, how incredible. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the grave. Amazing right?

We continued talking, “When you read 1 Samuel 17, the story of David and Goliath, what is that story speaking into you? That we are David, and Goliath is whatever we are up against, right? “Dillon, think, I know you know the answer bro just think deeper.” This is what Loso said to me all weekend with these questions. So He said, “We’ll talk through it, we’ll figure this out together.”

Loso was helping me think through what the deeper symbolism of this story was.

David was an Israelite. Goliath was a Philistine. The Philistines and Israelites were fighting in the Valley of Elah. Goliath came out and was calling out the Israelites. David walks up, sees what’s going on, jumps in there and takes care of Goliath, defeating him. Sound familiar? Jesus.

When we look at this story, who are we? We aren’t David, we are the Israelites terrified in fear. Jesus is David. And our sin and unholiness is Goliath.

As I was serving him this weekend, Loso poured his love for Jesus into me. I’ll never forget that, and I am so excited to continue growing and building up our friendship!

The GOSPEL is everywhere.

Love, Dil

“Practicing balance.”

This blog has been wonderful for me. It has been an amazing platform to keep everyone updated and share more of my heart. It’s not just a platform but a learning experience also. I want to continue to learn through this, while maybe helping someone along the way.

I’m currently working on a couple of posts for this blog. One is called, “What is the why?” I spoke about this in my second post on this site. I don’t want to rush this post, it is definitely coming soon though. Thanks.


 

If you know me personally, awesome, you probably know how energy-driven I am. I talk loud on accident. I’m not shy and I’m definitely very playful! Laughter is medicine for my soul. Sometimes my personality can be taken as immaturity, when in all actuality I’m attempting to make everyone comfortable. My job, I don’t know. Beneficial, sure. My personality, absolutely.

I know this is okay, but there is so much room to improve. I believe recognizing weak points can encourage tremendous growth; spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I’m learning that in being a leader, I have to practice balancing that part of me with the serious leader that I want to be. The leader that I’m called to be. In this season, I’m learning what exactly that “leader” is.

We all have special gifts that we’ve been given to use. First, you have to find out what that gift is. There are many people that have similar gifts, but I believe each of us have a “sweet spot” within that gift. A way that we can best use that gift and grow to our full potential. The “sweet spot” is that place where our greatest passions and our talents or abilities intersect.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not in a hurry. I was once told, “Ministry is a marathon, not a sprint.” And that holds true in all that I have learned and experienced. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to be as effective as possible in what we do. Right? Why wouldn’t we want to be our best self so we can best bring glory to God?

God deserves all of the Glory along the way. But tweaking and critiquing yourself daily is part of the growth process. You learn everyday, so intentionally evaluating everything you’ve learned and applying those lessons. Boom, GROWTH!

Where is your intersection? In my case, I’m learning, I don’t think the sweet spot is 50/50. And with time that “sweet spot” will become more clear.

What is your gift? Where does it intersect? What is your “sweet spot?”

Love, Dil