so this is what i’ve been thinkin about lately – we, as worship leaders, followers of Christ, members of His body… we make the gospel audible. we preach it. we write lyrics and then sing about it. we have bible study and discuss it. we update our facebook status’ about our faith, our convictions, our message… (which are all good things)
but can the message be SEEN? is our worship VISIBLE??
“God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.” – 1 corinthians 4:18
“dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? for instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “good morning, friend! be clothed in Christ! be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”
– james 2:14
if my mouth was to be taped shut, my talking and singing silenced, would the love of Christ and the message of truth still be evident and obvious in my life? would i be marked as a believer in Jesus? would i still be “a worshipper”?? do my actions reflect my relationship with God?
like st. francis of old said, “preach the gospel to all the world. if necessary, use words.”
help a friend. do something kind that isn’t expected of you. meet a need. compliment. encourage. take the time to find out the street kids name instead of just waving him off. identify places you can be the solution and be it. forgive. speak good about others. defend the defenseless. do what needs to be done without waiting to be asked. bring your office mate a cup of tea. pray for God to give you creative ways to show His love.
we are the Body of Christ – that includes the hands, feet, heart, ears…. not just the mouth.
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Deep and profound.
Amen Rebekah. As the Holy Spirit teaches us how to worship, we come to a point where the Father whispers 'I want you to worship me, and if necessary, sing a song'. This is the challenge I have been living with, lately. We can write the right lyrics, sing the right words, but our lives ought to be in sync with what our mouths are confessing ….. Thanks for this post my sister..