I thought, “Heaven is like this…”
But then I realized there will be a day with no more analogies of “Heaven is like…”
There will just be an eternal day of Heaven is.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
The truth that we believe is not the “truth” of this world. It shouldn’t be surprising to us when our claim of eternal truth from God is rejected by the thinkers of this present age, this present darkness. Let us love them with an other-worldly love, even as we proclaim to them an other-worldly truth.
Because some asked for this, I’m posting it here. This was my improv during communion this Sunday, July 3. I didn’t have anything planned for this segment, so this is spontaneous worship. The clatter you hear are the platters with the communion bread being distributed and collected.
A few weeks ago, the first line of this old hymn came to mind. I had it wrong, though. I remembered it as saying, “my soul has found a resting place.” When I looked up the words to the hymn, I discovered I got the line wrong, but it was OK. This song expresses so much of the WHY I can rest in God. Originally written in 1890 by E.E. Hewitt, the comforting and strengthening truths of our security in Christ’s finished work are worthy to be sung again and again.
My prayer is that this would be an encouragement to the church. Let me know what you think of it. If you would like a copy of the lead sheet, let me know in the comments or email me, thgmusic(at)gmail(dot)com.
words: E.E. Hewitt
music & additional words: Brad Pearson
My faith has found a resting place,
not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
Enough for me that Jesus saves,
this ends my fear and doubt;
a sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
it is enough that Jesus died,
and that He died for me.
My heart is leaning on the Word,
the living Word of God,
salvation by my Savior’s name,
salvation through His blood.
My great Physician heals the sick,
the lost He came to save;
for me His precious blood He shed,
for me His life He gave.
Now as I walk by faith, not sight,
my hope remains secure.
My Lord, who keeps His faithful word
shall help me to endure.
This arrangement ©2016 by Brad Pearson
“This One who is life itself was revealed to us…” (1 John 1:2*)
Jesus was revealed to me almost twenty years ago in a powerfully dramatic way. I came to the Father through Jesus the Son. I was able to see, maybe for the very first time, just how beautiful, majestic, holy yet loving and compassionate God is through the person and work of Jesus.
From that day forward there has been an ever-growing, ever-deepening “fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 Jn 1:3) Fellowship, relationship, need, dependence, belief, trust– add “-ing” to them all. Whatever expresses this with an ongoing, active, living relationship–that is what has been mine in Christ since 1996.
I still battle every day with my desire for glory, fame, and independence.
My flesh still wants glory for itself–right here, right now glory. Never mind eternity and the glory that will be mine in Christ forever. I want to be exalted in the eyes of others, finding my worth there.
I want fame now. Oh, how I want to be famous! Oh, how I desire that! I want those words of praise and acclamation now, while I can hear them. Then, then, I will know that my life means something, amounts to something. (I want in my flesh to derive my identity from my fame and glory as a musician.) I want to exult in my own fame.
But most of all, above all else, I want to be independent.
Oh, how I want to be independent!
But fellowship with God the Father through Jesus His Son–authenticated, validated and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit–destroys all of my fleshly ambitions. They are all supplanted by the blessings of fellowship.
In this connection to God and to His people I am free and am being freed day by day from my desires for glory, fame and independence.
“What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms…”
*Scripture quote from NLT
Images supplied by Ryan McGuire, http://www.gratisography.com
For your new year’s consideration and contemplation. Make this new year *His* year of new and continuing work in you (and through you…)