Christian Living, Hope, Jesus, Joy, Love

Wanderer, Come Home

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
― C.S. Lewis

This is my calling-this is our calling. As Christians, we are called to be conformed to the image of Christ, and that means letting go of the things we try so hard to find identity in. The things that we think will give us purpose and meaning outside of Christ.

It’s a messy process, and sometimes we wonder if we will ever make it home in one piece. If we do (He promises so), we wonder if anyone there will recognize us anymore. We’ve been so disfigured by trials and strivings, discolored by grief and pain. The battles of our souls have left gaping wounds that still sting when they are touched.

So we hide. We can’t let them see our failings. We strive, trying so hard to remedy our imperfections.

Bitterness grows like a weed, for so many have wronged us. We build walls so we don’t get hurt, in constant fear of being so.

We cry, “Lord, how long? How long till I am home, and I get to see the hope of my salvation?”

And He says, “Look, you are not far off. Do you not see, beyond the valleys, mountains, and oceans, your rest? It won’t be long till you see My face.”

Then we answer, “But the valleys are filled with thorns, the mountains their precipices, and the oceans their torrenting waves.”

“I know, I’ve been there.”

“Why the deserts, Lord? Why the pain?”

*“I take you through deserts to have all the things you settle for stripped away, so that the hunger of your soul will be allowed to grow and reveal to you that you hunger for Me.”*

Then He touches our wounds with His own, and begins to tear down our walls. We become vulnerable. We become fleshy. Pain floods the sinew and skin. Many tears are shed, none of which He does not hold in His hand. They are a precious offering to Him.

Then we begin to see ourselves. Not for the dirty, bloody mess that we saw, but for the righteousness of His son that He sees.

Then there is joy.

“But what about the pain?”

Pain does not smother joy. Pain only brings true joy a meaning, and something to hope in. For without hope, that is, eternal hope, there would be no reason to sing through the pain.

Oh, weary child, we are almost home.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

*Credit to Pastor Scott Moore-thanks for pointing out this massive truth.

Jesus, Love, Music, Poetry

Love Me

Life without its trial,
I do not ask of Thee;
Nor to escape the pains of death,
Or to elude its grief.

Only, tell me that You love me,
Sing it over me,
The promises You told me that You’ll keep;
And when my heart is aching,
Sing it over me,
The promises You told me that You’ll keep,
For all eternity, for all eternity.

To be spared from sorrow,
Is not my burdened plea;
Nor to never feel a lonely heart,
Or be free from want or need.

Only, tell me that You love me,
Sing it over me,
The promises You told me that You’ll keep;
And when my heart is lonely,
Sing it over me,
The promises You told me that You’ll keep,
For all eternity, for all eternity.

You’re loving me, yes, You’re loving me,
Recklessly invading foolish pride.
You’re loving me, yes, You’re loving me,
Showing me there’s no reason I should hide.

And You tell me that You love me,
You sing it over me,
The promises You tell me that You’ll keep;
And when my heart is lonely,
You sing it over me,
The promise You tell me that You’ll keep,
For all eternity, for all eternity.

Jesus, Love, Music, Poetry

Our True Longing-Our Longing Fulfilled

Oh, this desolate place,
All our wells have run dry,
Though clouds fill the sky.

Oh, we’ve hidden our face,
To burry our shame,
And smother the pain.

Oh, we need a savior,
To come and to cleanse,
Our unrighteousness.

Oh, we need a savior,
To be for us light,
And save us from darkness.

Weary and troubled are we,
For the burdens we bear,
Have left us despaired.

Too blind and too bitter to see,
That the wars that we wage,
Have strengthened our cages.

Oh, we need a savior,
To come and to cleanse,
Our unrighteousness.

Oh, we need a savior,
To be for us light,
And save us from darkness.

But hope is found today,
They heard an angel say.
And with this baby’s birth,
God brings us peace on earth.

Christian Living, Jesus, Love

Identity Crises

What defines me? Is it my amount or lack of beauty? Of talent? Of intelligence? Of piety?
No. It cannot be these things. It cannot be anything that I can do, for I am a helpless beggar in need of compassion and mercy.

Yet, Jesus humbled Himself as to so look upon me in that state. He did not walk by in disgust, leaving me in the dust, when he saw me. He did not turn His face, too embarrassed to be seen with me. Instead, He stooped low and was full of compassion. He lifted my head and delt gently with me, telling me of all His great and glorious promises. Then, He bound my wounds with His own and said,

“See how much I love you; see and believe that I love you.”

Thus, it is His love and compassion that defines me.

Jesus, Love, Music, Poetry

Beautiful Irony

Coming alive as I’m led to the grave,
Being set free while becoming a slave;
I could never leave,
For I am free indeed
,
Because of Love’s beautiful irony.

The poor become rich and the first become last,
Hating your foe becomes part of the past;
In Him blind eyes see,
Broken hearts believe,
The truth of Love’s beautiful irony.

The battle’s been won before it’s been fought,
With the life of one Man a thousand’s been bought;
Who can bear but He,
No mortal’s strength receive,
The weight of Love’s beautiful irony.

His body the bread and His blood is our wine,
Broken and poured out, His love so Devine;
None is king save He,
Our Lord forever be,
Slain for Love’s beautiful irony.

Christian Living, Jesus, Theology

Dangerous Doctrines

I found this video by Justin Peters very eye opening. It is good to know what doctrines are out there contrary to Scripture. Unfortunately, these people are mistaken to be the face of Christianity, so it is good to know what they believe in order to refute them with biblically sound doctrine. I think it is a must watch, though it is long. Enjoy!

“and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.” Matthew 24:11