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It Costs…but I want more

November 3, 2010

Yesterday, I mentioned a question that Paul Baloche posed to the leaders he was speaking to during The Forge Conference. He asked, “How can we lead others into something that we’re not practicing ourselves?” I love that question because it’s just general and open-ended enough to be posed to any Christian.

We are called by Christ at a steep price. The Father’s most costly grace of sacrificing His own Son bought us back from eternal death. I confess that even today I still lose sight of the gravity of God’s costly grace toward me. But I love that through stirring God’s Word in our hearts and spending more time with Him we not only desire and feel His Spirit’s guidance, but we yearn to shepherd others in living lives of costly worship.

And it’s true — Worshiping God will cost us our lives. By that I mean, if we really claim to be dead to our old ways and focused on seeing people through the eyes of Jesus — things get messy. Our worship of Him costs us our egos and self-centered agendas and demands our plunging into the mess of one another’s lives — just like Jesus did…does. We become vulnerable and we get dirty. We probably get hurt in the process and some people get angry with us. Some will talk about us behind our back and worse. Sometimes worshiping God feels great and sometimes it feels like a kick in the gut.

Now chuck the way it feels and look at the beauty in how we start to love and care for people.

All of a sudden, we start to search more for the hearts of the people instead of seeking their approval. We start to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in how to help others; how to listen; how to speak into the things of their life that remain hidden because of hopelessness or embarrassment: addictions, crumbling relationships, guilt, grief. Our vision runs clear and our desires are to see restoration in the hearts of God’s people. We share pain and hurt; hold people up because they’re drained and can’t do it themselves; slow to speak and open to listen, sharing the love of Christ first and above all else. It makes me want more — of Jesus.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.    Colossians 3:12-14

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