I sit here listening to a song by Billy and Cindy Foote called “Rescue the Perishing”. Part of the song just hit me(as it does every other time I listen to the song)
Church open your eyes once more and see what Christ died for
Jesus is merciful….Jesus will save!
As we’re playing our songs, as we’re singing them well
Have we forgotten the lost, the reality of hell
If we say we love God, want to see His will done
Will we offer our lives or just the songs we have sung
Do we even care?
When will we care?
In light of today’s news of the murder of innocent children in Connecticut and China, the words of this song struck me in a very convicting way and the self-examination process started……
Do I even care?
I’ll be honest…up to this past Sunday I had really been going through the motions. I had become a 100% Martha–doing the work of the ministry, but not having any joy doing the ministry. I had forgotten why I was even doing what I was doing. I had immersed myself in the details of everything, I forgot the purpose and the opportunity to share the Gospel with many people this weekend.
As the Toy Box drama was being performed….(the ToyBox Drama shares the story of creation through the resurrection of Christ and is the drama being performed in three different locations this weekend), I wilted.
Again, I had become numb to the work of the Holy Spirit and I forgot what God had called me to. I had been going through the motions and had allowed the work of the ministry to frustrate me to death, but it was when I saw the depiction of what Christ did for me on the cross–the fog cleared and a renewed sense of direction, purpose and I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 15:58–“Stand Firm. Let nothing move you….always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord knowing that what you do is not in vain.”
I was brought back to center…I was brought back to the cross.
Church(I am speaking to those of us who are believers)….have you forgotten? Do you even care? Do we care that our world is going to hell? Do we care that our nation is going to hell? Do we care that our friends and family are going to hell?
We have to stop playing games. We have to move beyond the me-centered, self-help, apathetic, false gospel that we have proclaimed to the masses. We have to move beyond getting a bigger church in order to buy bigger and better things. We have to move beyond our desires for His desires. Will his fame and his glory be enough for me, for us?
Tonight, I received a blessing to join my church family in sharing this Great News of Jesus…..how awesome it was!
I have kind of rambled, but I say all of this to say that something has to change. It has to start with me. Will you join me? Will you hold me accountable?
Take a listen of this song by Billy and Cindy Foote