We are getting ready for the Christmas Cantada and as usual I have the music and words downloaded into my music section. Our choir director gives us all a disc but it’s easier for me to put it into the computer so it is always there.

Something that crossed my mind the other day was, do we listen to the words we sing? I have a tendency to do that because many times there is a message there that we can grow from.

Many of the hymns we sing are written from personal experiences someone had in their life. Nothing like hearing someone tell of their struggle and God’s grace and His help in a time of trouble.

Recently, I experienced one of these that spoke to me and will share it with you. Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated!

Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord to Thee; Take my hands and let them move At the impulse of Thy love,
Take my feet and let them be Swift and beautiful for Thee; Take my voice and let me sing Always only for my King,
Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I with-hold; Take my moments and my days, let them flow in cease-less praise,

Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart it is Thine own, It shall be Thy Roy-al throne

The last part of each verse is repeated, but I wrote it for a purpose of examining the song. When you sing such a song you are telling God as a promise, have you ever considered the seriousness of singing something like this to Him?

When we say, we want our lives consecrated to Him (we live daily in obedience to Him)
Our hands (to do His will, helping others)
Our feet to go where He directs,(missions, whether foreign or next door)
Our voice to sing is praise,(having a praise on our lips for our Lord always)
Our silver and gold (tithes, offerings, helping others, etc etc)
Our moments and days (always finding a way to praise Him that others might see Him “in and through” us)
Our heart given to Him, (allowing Him to love everyone through us, yes even the one that hates us)
Saved this one till last:

Our will given to Him (That we don’t try to do our will, look to ourselves, try to find answers from what “we” think or even know/ Looking for His will by studying His Word and pouring out our hearts to Him through prayer)

Jesus said this : Matt. 22: 37-38, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Nothing else matters as much as this one commandment, nothing else matters as much as this desire of our “Creator” and our Savior! And what is His second commandment- which takes second place only to the our loving God?

Matt: 22: 39-40, And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Notice Jesus said, All the Law of God- His Father- All the requirements of the Great Creator of everything including you and I, only has two things He requires of us to please Him!

So why do we struggle with these two simple things? Pride, greed and lust just to name a few. But He still loved us so in His wisdom and desire to help us He decided to pay our penalty, if and only IF we would believe, trust and obey Him.

What obedience did He “require” to receive this wonderful forgiveness?

To accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior! The Savior part people don’t have a problem with but Lord, that is a different story. But we MUST accept Him as Lord (Boss) He once asked others:

Luke 6: 46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Basically saying- I am NOT your Lord!! Lets give Him “ourselves” and obey Him as Lord so one day in the future we will face our loving Judge fulfilling His desire by accepting us to live in His house- forever, rather than The Judgmental Judge.

For other subjects: ButForTheGraceOfGod.org

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