Thursday, October 28, 2004

So I cried

For Those Tears I Died
by Marsha Stevens

You said You'd come and share all my sorrows
You said You'd be there for all my tomorrows
I came so close to sending You away,
But just like You promised, You came here to stay
I just had to pray.

Chorus:
And Jesus said, "Come to the water,
Stand by My side.
I know you are thirsty;
you won't be denied.
I felt every tear drop,
when in darkness you cried,
and I strove to remind you,
it's for those tears I died.

Your goodness so great, I can't understand it
And dear Lord I know that all this was planned
I know You're here now and always will be
Your love loosened my chains, and in You I'm free.
But Jesus why me?

Jesus I give You my heart and my soul!
I know now without God, I'll never be whole
Saviour You opened all the right doors
And I thank You and praise You from earth's humble shores
Take me I'm Yours!

Got to meet with Justin again today. You are and always will be an encouragement to me, man. :) It is so easy for us to get caught up with ourselves in our own little worlds and be selfish about everything in our lives. Goals, personal belongings, relationships with the people around us, they're all subject to our self-centredness. And it is so refreshing to see people like you who want to follow your calling to a higher purpose in life. Integrity, humility, and steadfastness will come naturally in the light where we can understand the forgiveness and foundation that is provided when the light exposes all hidden things. 1 John 1:7. :D Fellowship is a beautiful thing. And worthy of tears (or as Estey would put it: weeping, that is, manly crying. Hehe).

Walking with integrity really is a strange proposition, isn't it? Mainly because integrity is lacking in way or another. Difficult to get it back when it's lost, you know? But there are areas where integrity (or the lack thereof) is not really the primary issue; it's more like the natural consequent.
But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
~James 2:18
Walk the walk? Theologically and practically, what is the purpose of the church? Perspectives emphasized that it's really our job to speak of the love of God, and DO the love of God. People are so WRAPPED UP in themselves and what they think is service to God, that they fail to understand that God gave them the mandate to love the people in this world.
But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'

Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'

Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
~Matthew 21:31-45
Did I mention how great Zana is? :) If the spirit is there, the fruits of the spirit grow naturally. Otherwise, one is still obviously under control of the flesh and not of the spirit (Romans 8). Agreed? I love this song. Perhaps I'll go buy the CD. Much thanks to Zana.
If We are the Body
Casting Crowns

It's crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girls teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgmental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road

But if we are the body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ

But if we are the body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

Jesus is the way
So I cried. Out of grief and repentance for myself and a prayer for the church. But Justin made me cry again today, except it was because of the hope people like him give me for this world and the people living in it. And the effect that hope has on an introspective analysis of myself. 1 John 1:7

2 comments:

  1. aaaaw :*) i'm so touched bobby! you're cooL too! :D mmm, it'a all only Him in us :D

    - hey :D if you get that cd at pilgrims on kingsway now you get a free demo cd with it that's pretty sweet :D

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  2. I am so going to Kingsway on Friday morning.

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