The following is a short article I wrote for our church newsletter today, but I wanted to share it on here as well:
Do you carry the mind of Christ with you throughout your work week? In other words, do you reflect your Savior in your attitude and decision-making? When I think back to the time that I worked in the secular workforce, I can remember having difficulty in keeping this Kingdom perspective. More times than not, I kept a worldly perspective – I tried to live under my own strength. I would put on my Christlike attitude on Wednesday nights and on Sundays, but it was too easy to slip back into a worldly mindset when I got to work on Monday mornings. Even though I currently work full time in ministry, there are still times that I tend to think this way. I think that’s part of human nature – we are independent and want to solve problems under our own power.
I have found that the more time I spent in the Word and in prayer and fellowship with the Lord, the more I keep a Christ-centered mindset. I want to encourage our church family to stay centered in the will of God by feeding your soul with the Word on a daily basis. When we do this, we will develop our mind for Christ. We will have a Kingdom mentality; we will LOOK for opportunities to live our testimony, not just react when they present themselves. Have a mind for Christ on a daily basis and with everyone we interact with, and we will change our world.
When we sing songs of worship, we are most likely singing from one of two groups of songs – those that are written about and to God that come from a person’s heart and are inspired by God, and those whose lyrics come directly from scripture and are set to music. To me, this latter group is the purest form of worship through singing. How more can we praise God in song than through singing His divinely inspired Holy Word?
The choir sang a song of worship on Sunday morning called “Revelation Song.” The words of the chorus come directly from Revelation 4:8: “…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (NIV)
How incredible it is for us to sing the very words that the heavenly creatures are constantly singing to God! We don’t know the heavenly melody or accompaniment, but to get just a glimpse through those words should bring us a chill of excitement! I am thankful that God is still using people to write songs of praise and worship today, that we may continually sing Him a new song.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3 (NIV)
It’s been a while since my last post. I plan to do a write-up in the near future of our Association’s recent vision trip to West Virginia.
The following is my weekly article, “Soundbites,” that I write for our church newsletter:
I’ve had the following verse on my mind the last few days: “Then He said to [them] all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 (HCSB).
Have you ever really thought about what would happen if all Christians would heed this command from Jesus? The world would never be the same. If we simplify everything we are commanded to do, I think it all comes down to Luke 9:23 and the Great Commission. Heeding Luke 9:23 begins with denying ourselves. This is a very hard thing to do of course, since we are selfish by nature. We want to look out for ourselves first. This is not what Jesus commands us to do. In fact, much of what we are taught from Jesus goes against our natural reactions.
Can you truly imagine a life of self-denial? Practicing this prepares us for the ultimate sacrifice for Christ, martyrdom. We must be willing to give our very lives for the name of Jesus. A question we must ask is, “Am I willing to give my life for the name of Christ?”
I pray that each of us is ready to do that very thing. When we can come to that point, we can truly deny ourselves every day, and therefore fulfill the command of Luke 9:23. We can then change our world.