I took you from the ends of the earth,
From its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
He does not say, “I might.”
He says, “I will!”
A tremendous word of encouragement when needed.
Very seldom do I get that outside of God himself.
Saying, “I just want to encourage you” is not the same as actually doing it.
Just like saying, “I’m going to wash your car” doesn’t remove any filth.
I often wonder why I do what I do, don’t do what I don’t do, say what I say, and don’t say what I don’t say.
Who, Lord, am I trying to please?
And why does it always seem either inadequate or offensive?
We have been called for more.
His grace extends beyond Sunday mornings.
But does its reflection of love in us?
We say, but do not do.
How can we be so blinded?
The Creator of the universe has chosen us as his ambassadors, as his proxy messengers.
But what message are we sending?
Are we effectively defeating our own purpose?
Is the church its own worst enemy?
No! Satan is the enemy!
But he has made his job much easier by covering our eyes.
Turning us in on ourselves, instead of focusing on the needs others.
We are our own priority.
But Jesus is our knight.
A community, a congregation that has lost its way.
We must rely on His power and strength to set us straight.
We are his bride, his princess in distress.
And He is our knight in shining armor.
Galloping to our rescue.
Coming to rescue us in a way that our very lives are owed only to him.
He has already slain the dragon.
Not because he had to, but because of love, chose to.
Yet, oftentimes we do not acknowledge this victory.
We remain in captivity and bondage though freedom is offered.
We have been called to greater things.
We were not called to captivity.
We were not bought for bondage.
We were not saved for silence.
And yet these are the characteristics you see inside the church.
We were purchased for a passion.
Sadly, our passion often lies in all but our pursuer.
The hard thing to face is that this is actually our own choice.
And we all make the wrong ones.
We hit highs, but they are not sustained.
Because we invite moments and events into our hearts.
And not the maker of those moments.
We find ourselves grateful for the gift, and negligent to the giver.
But we were called for more.