13 January 2015
‘God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up, but He tells us to give up them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, namely, life with Himself.’ – Oswald Chambers
There is a sharp and extreme contrast between life and death, wouldn’t you agree?
What we saw on Sunday morning, and what we’ll continue to see throughout the ‘What’s Killing You’ series is that idols sin leads to death (Rom 6:23), and Jesus is life (Jn 10:10, Acts 17:28, Matt 10:39).
There is no life apart from Jesus. Our life is in and through Jesus. Often we can be quick to say that we would die for our faith – which should be the resolution of a heart committed to living for Him. But the Chambers quote above continues on to say that what Jesus wants from us is not merely a commitment to death, but commitment to life. That we are to be living sacrifices (Rom 12:1-2).
As believers we are bringers of the salvation message – and that is a message of life. As we sing and play and lead on Sunday mornings we are still bringers of the salvation message – declaring, proclaiming and reminding that life is only found in and through Jesus.
With our songs we want people to see a clear and whole picture of the life that is ours in and through and because of God. That’s why we sing songs like ‘Almighty God’ and ‘Crown Him Majesty’ that recognize Him for who He is – the Creator, Sustainer, and Saviour of creation who is so worthy of worship that rocks would cry out and all of the greatest thrones in and through history (including the thrones of our individual hearts) are and will bow before His majesty. And then move into songs that remind us in all of our life circumstances, whether good or bad – Jesus is and will always be better, that Jesus is life.
We’re not having a nice sing song. We’re proclaiming life.