Okay, we can easily just come to church and say the right words and be out in an hour. But why are we here? What do we do when we are outside of these walls? Do our lives truly reflect the love and forgiveness of God? See, there must be more to faith that saying the right words. Looking like we care about our faith is not as important as living our faith each day, each moment… Our actions can either bring people closer to God or it can push them away. So Lord, let us see beyond ourselves so that we can be Your instruments. Your instruments of love, forgiveness and mercy just as Jesus was the one to show us just how much and how deeply You love us. We cannot take our faith lightly. Help us to live a life that glorifies the awesome love of God in all that we do.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Lord, I don’t know why it’s so easy to forget that we are continuously blessed by God. We forget that time is a gift in itself and we don’t always use it wisely. We complain, we want for more than what we have, we see situations within the confines of “human” time rather than God’s time. Outsiders see only what we’re against and not what we’re for. Each moment in our lives is just another chance to reflect the love of Jesus…to reflect His forgiveness, His mercy, and His grace. You came to this earth not to be served but to serve. So let’s serve You and Your people with a humble heart, an open heart, and a grateful heart. Lord, open up our minds so that we can be better followers of You.
This is from the stations of the cross presentation from http://www.worshiphousemedia.com. I saw this picture at the National Worship Leader conference at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. They used the stations of the cross during communion. I received Christ body and blood like never before. I literally fell to my knees and wept at the thought that I was someone worth dying for.
Renew the whole world in the image of your love. Give us what we need for today, and a hunger to see the whole world fed. Strengthen us for what lies ahead; heal us from the hurts of the past; help us to forgive those that have hurt us and we also ask that You forgive us for our mistakes. Give us courage to follow your call in this moment. For Your love is the only power, the only home, the only honor we need, in this world and in the world to come.
If we sing and don’t have love in our hearts then we’ve wasted our breath with every song. If we speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love then we’re nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If we speak God’s word with power, revealing all of His mysteries and making everything as plain as day, or if we have faith to say to a mountain jump and it jumps but we don’t love then we’re nothing. If we give all we earn to the poor or even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but we don’t love then we’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what we say, no matter what we believe, no matter what we do, we are bankrupt without love. So let our life be the proof…the proof of Your love. Let our love look like You and what You’re made of. How You lived, how You died. Love is sacrifice not convenience. So if we give to the needy but don’t have love then who is poor? When it’s all said and done, Only love remains. Only Your Love remains. The love of the heavenly Father who sent His only Son to die so that we could witness the true sacrificial and selfless love of the one true God. Guide us in our faith so that our actions match the words that we say today.
Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. Worship is more than one hour of one day. Help us to do more than just listen to the good news of salvation but instead guide us to live the good news and to share it in our words and actions every moment of this life. Do we love or do we hate? Do we forgive or do we condemn? These are the choices that we have. So enlighten us so that we can choose the right path based on our faith in the father, son and holy spirit. One God now and forever. Amen.