Take a few minutes and work through this post. I am praying it will stir fresh affection for Jesus and for serving Him with your whole heart.
“Do not withhold good, from whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
Failing to honor those who serve well among us is a great failure indeed. It fails to show gratitude, fails to highlight the value of faithfulness, and fails to inspire others to serve with the same dedication. I’m gonna try to avoid that error right now . . .
I was an exhausted 37-year-old servant of Jesus on a sabbatical with my family in England, in the summer of 1998. Ten years of church planting had left me uncertain if we would have the strength to return. I had been reading The Saving Life of Christ, by Major Ian Thomas, and because we were in the UK, we made our way to the original home of his ministry at Capernwray Castle, a Bible college and ministry training center in England.
I sat in the back of the small Sunday worship service with Kathy—and Luke, Landon, and Abby, none of whom had any idea how much I needed the Lord to visit and renew me. A simple devotion was given from the Scriptures, and as the elements of the Lord’s table were passed, the people began to sing, “Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice. You became nothing, poured out to death. Many times, I’ve wondered at your gift of life. I’m in that place once again. And once again I look upon the cross where You died. I’m humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside . . .” I felt so self-conscious sitting with my kids as the tears streamed down my cheeks, so I leaned forward on my elbows making a pool between my feet on the floor. Yes simple, but so profound—and Jesus Christ touched my life, stirring fresh affection for Himself. The song’s author was Matt Redman. I had never heard of him, but it was not the last time the Lord would meet with me through one of Matt’s songs. Read More