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Becoming Less

October 22, 2011

Theodore Monod penned the lyric “None of Self and All of Thee.” That song has always been a hard one for me to sing with complete honesty. It is a lot like “I Surrender All.” I believe you can sing a lie as easily as tell one. The very genesis of sin is selfishness. We are often seeking “What do I want today.”

It is a purposeful person who seeks the Lord over self. The life of “More of Thee” is certainly one of self-denial. How do I learn to seek God first and then my own desires? How do I develop my mind to put away desire for selfish pursuits and fulfillments? I’ll admit that I am not really that good at it. Far too often I put my wants ahead of my duty to God. My weakness shames me more often than I like to admit.

The writer of Hebrews tells us of a few power things that will help us live “self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:12)

 

  1. The Powerful Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Spend time treasuring up the word of God will help us not to sin (Psalm 119:11). Bible knowledge and obedience sets us free (John 8:32). God’s book certainly reveals to us how to “flee lust” (2 Tim 2:22), hold fast to righteousness and scriptural instruction (2 Thes 2:15). It is an anchor to bind our affections to the Lord. Daily use of God’s Word will certainly help us to give less attention to our evil desires and more to the Lord’s will.
  2. God’s All Seeing Eye (Hebrews 4:13). Knowing that God watches us should give us pause before we jump into selfish, self-willed living. As children we were much better behaved when our parents watched than when they were absent. Remember also that God is not watching us to just to crush us for wickedness. He is there to help us live better.
  3. The Great High Priest Jesus (Hebrews 4:14, 15). Jesus offered sacrifice for our sins. He is in the presence of God working on our behalf. This perfect high priest who is the source of our salvation written in his innocent blood (Heb 5:9; Acts 4:11,12; 1 Peter 1:18,19). You could never ask for greater help or motivation for putting God first. Gratitude for all that Jesus is doing will drive us to submission more and more as we contemplate it.
  4. The Power of Prayer (Hebrews 4:16). Don’t discount the help that comes from asking the Father for help. He loves to give to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (Jam 1:5; 17; 2 Pet 1:3). If we ask anything in the name of Christ we can receive it (Luke 11:19; John 16:23). Try asking God to help you become less you will receive grace to become just that.

 

Through Jesus I ask you Father please help me put you and your reign in my life first. Help my desires to dissipate while a love for you flourishes. Thank you for all the help you’ve already provided.

 

Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
All of self, and none of Thee,
All of self, and none of Thee,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Some of self, and some of Thee,
Some of self, and some of Thee,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”
Less of self, and more of Thee,
Less of self, and more or Thee,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”

Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
None of self, and all of Thee.”
None of self, and all of Thee,
None of self, and all of Thee,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
None of self, and all of Thee.”

 

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What Kind of King?

September 21, 2010

Have you ever thought about how Jesus, even though He is King of kings, is different from any other king we know.  When we think of a king we think of several things that just go with being a monarch.  Yet the Jesus we meet in Scripture is far different.

  • Kings have palaces…Jesus had no home or place to lay his head (Luke 9:58).
  • Kings expect to be served…Jesus “humbled himself and became a servant” (Philippians 2:5-11)
  • Kings declare war…Jesus is “prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Kings garner land for their kingdoms…Jesus reigns in the hearts of men (Colossians 1:27)
  • Kings rule by force…Jesus controls by love (2 Corinthians 5:14)
  • Kings work you as slaves…Jesus offers an easy and light burden (Matthew 11:30)
  • Kings enslave…Jesus sets you free (John 8:36)

Jesus is so different from what we think a king should be that often people miss the fact that he is king.  How many kings do we know of that would…

  • wash his servants feet
  • seek the hurting, weary, blind, miserable, maim to give them comfort
  • go after an enemy with the love of a father
  • seek the lost like a shepherd does the erring lamb
  • make a home for each of his citizens
  • grant all debts paid in full
  • redeem the criminal
  • love the unlovable?

King Jesus has done all of these things and more.  It is hard to imagine anyone not pledging allegiance to Him.  Its hard to believe there are people who are ashamed to mention his name (Matthew 10:32,33).

Perhaps we should rethink what a true king is.

Listen to Him today!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15:13)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ”
(Matthew 11:28-29)

Knowing You, Jesus

August 31, 2010

The song by that title has been a favorite of mine from the first time I heard it.  It is one of those songs that has a tune that matches perfectly the sentiment of the lyric.  The lyric is profound and describes our desperate need to shed the love of this world and come to love the Lord with all our hearts.

The conversion process is a mighty one when you think about it.  Everything the world teaches us is to “get more” and you’ll finally be happy.  However, the reality is the more we get the less joy “stuff” brings.  It takes a reshaping of our priorities and desires to quit wanting the trinkets and treasure of the world and desiring the Lord and the peace he promises.

Oh that we could love the Lord so much that our selfishness would fall away.

Knowing you, Jesus knowing you
There is no greater thing
You’re my all you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord.

Graham Kendrick

Lord, help me today come to know you more, to love you more, and to become more like you in all your ways.  Help me to love what you love, enjoy what you enjoy and do what you do.

Power In Confidence

March 22, 2010

I love to watch beginners.  It doesn’t matter what they are beginning, I just love to watch them as they gain confidence and realize they can do whatever it is they are striving to do.  Often the difference between being mediocre and amazing is confidence.

Baby goats and horses are really fun to see as they move past the wobbly steps to prancing and jumping. It only takes a second or two to make that leap in confidence.  My beginner song leading class is very similar.  Young boys and men go from timid to unabashed with the growth of confidence.  Often it happens during a song they are leading.  The courage found and developed carries one to skill and prowess within their endeavor.

It was always a puzzle to me that fearful people are included in the list of sinners that inhabit hell in Revelation 21:8.  Perhaps these fearful are those who are paralyzed into doing the least or nothing at all when duty calls.  Like the fearful, unprofitable servant of Jesus parable (Matthew 25:14-30).  Paul reminded Timothy that God didn’t give us a “spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline” (1 Timothy 1:7).  Paul also told the Corinthians to “act like men” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV).

There are many fearful things for us to be aware of.  However, with the confidence that God gives we can face them not with wimpy, run for cover timidity but with bold, skillful giant slaying power.  I guess we can all buck up and square our shoulders and face Christian life with the courage of David the power of Joshua and the tenacity of Jesus.  I’m going to finish at the top! How about you?