Hi! Happy Thursday! I hope you all have had an awesome week! This week, I’m talking about taking the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ for granted. The love that is plainly laid out in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believed in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” Taking this love for granted is something I believe we all are guilty of every once in awhile.
This is a love that many worship songs we hear on the radio sing about and our favorite hymns in the back of the hymnal say. The words that never change, and we sing so often that they’ve become monotonous and we don’t even realize what they truly mean anymore. I can almost guarantee that many of you didn’t read the entire verse above, because you know it by heart. That’s awesome! However, the fact that you know it by heart and you have the words memorized shouldn’t take away the power and meaning behind a simple verse that many of us learned in Sunday school as a young child. I wonder if those of us who have grown up in church have started to disregard the true meaning of the lyrics we read off the screen or the page. We’ve gone from “on fire” to “lukewarm” or even “ice cold” over the years as we’ve sung the same lyrics year after year and read the same “Bible stories” time after time.
When was the last time you stopped to think about the lyrics of the song you were singing on a Sunday or Wednesday? Are we becoming the people Lacey and I like to call “angry hymn singers” who stand up with arms crossed and angry faces as the people around them lift their voices to God? Are we letting church become a routine, taking for granted the love of Christ that’s laid out so plainly in the lyrics of these songs? Are we tuning out the words of our preachers due to apathy? Have we become lazy when it comes to church, letting the people around us do the “church thing” and hope we just blend into the scenes in our suit and tie?
Next time you open your hymnal or read the word on the screen, let the words touch your heart! Don’t just go through the motions or be an angry hymn singer. Let God speak to you through the lyrics or through the words of your preacher! Don’t let your circumstances hold you back from who God wants you to be, let the love of God be shown to you in new ways through songs and sermons and even verses that you’ve known by heart since your childhood!
I hope you’ve all had a great week and will keep our youth group, small group leaders, worship band, and guest preacher in your prayers! Also, please keep a family friend, Levi, in your prayers as he undergoes open heart surgery on February 14th! Have a great week!
Be His Hands and Feet