My Body for the Sake of My Soul & I Am The Beloved of God
With Tanya Greig
Tanya Greig is a mother of 2 and works in school administration. She has been a Christian all her life and worked in volunteer roles including religious instruction in schools. At 36 she was diagnosed with breast cancer that began a 7-year journey into deep relationship with God.
In part 1 of this episode, Tanya shares how her journey with God through cancer began. We begin to tease out the conflict between our reliance on the body for this life and our trust in God who sustains it and uses it for His eternal purpose. Step by step, God gently moved into the central position in Tanya's life, remarkably, revealing His life-giving power out of what seemed so destructive.
In part 2 Tanya explains how her journey with cancer led her through multiple treatments and surgeries. Even after she lost and regained the ability to walk, her faith in God has continued to develop, as He led her through every trial.
We discuss the surprise it still is when God shows us even a tiny portion of the love He has for us and our response to generosity.
All of the scriptures discussed are referenced below using the World English Bible version unless otherwise stated.
Matthew 4:1 - 4
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth.’”
But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
Also delight yourself in Yahweh, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
2 Corinthians 12:7 - 9
By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, a thorn in the flesh was given to me: a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively. 8 Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.
Matthew 20:1 - 15
For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 4 He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 About the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’
7 “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
“He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’
8 “When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ 9 “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. 10 When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, 12 saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. 15 Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to save many people alive, as is happening today.
Ephesians 2:8 - 9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast.