DayBreaks for 5/22/17: He Is My All?

 

DayBreaks for 5/22/17: He Is My All?

There is a Christian song that we sing at church sometimes, in fact, we sang it just yesterday, titled All To Us. At the end of each verse are these words, “We believe, You’re all to us” (verses 1 & 2) and then verses 3 & 4 end with, “Jesus You, are all to us.”

We are told that when we sing we are to sing with both the Spirit and the understanding. I wonder how often we really do that. We know so many of the songs by heart that we can sing them in our sleep – and I fear that perhaps we are often sleeping through the words we are singing in worship as a result. It is a very powerful claim to be making that “Jesus, You’re all to us.” How I hope it is true – and I hope we aren’t singing those things mindlessly because God is listening and knows whether it is true or not. The person standing next to you probably can’t tell if it’s true or not, but God knows. Every. Single. Time.

As one of our worship leaders wrote: “When someone or something is our “ALL” or our “EVERYTHING”, it’s obvious to those around us. There’s no mistaking it. They are the topic of our conversations. They occupy much of our mental real estate. Our decisions hinge greatly upon this person or this thing. There is NO doubt when one is impassioned…driven…consumed.

“Now, fill in the blanks:

“I often find myself weaving ______ into my conversations.”

“Countless times a day I realize I’m lost in thought, thinking of ________.”

“When making a decision, I take _____ into account before deciding.”

“How do you fill in the blank: your family, a spouse, children, your job, your to do list? Was it money, status or climbing the ladder of success? Now, place “Christ” into the blanks. What does that look like?”

How did you do with that simple little test? When you make the claim that Jesus is everything to you, that he is all that matters, it should be obvious to everyone around us. Does putting the word “Christ” in those blanks really sound like the real you? Does it ring with truth, or does it reveal to your heart that perhaps He isn’t your all, your everything? Is it just something you sing or say mindlessly?

I realize that we must grow into loving someone or something as time passes. I have found in my own life that the love I had for my wife or children or grandchildren has only grown with the passage of time. Is the same true for my love of Christ? I hope and pray that it is so and that it will be even more true was each new day passes. Until then, perhaps I should be a bit cautious when bragging how much Jesus means to me until my life reflects it a bit more.

PRAYER: Jesus, for all the boastful things I have said about my love and devotion for you, please forgive me. Let it be true that someday I can honestly say that you are my everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

 

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DayBreaks for 09/03/12 – All Means All

DayBreaks for 09/03/12 – All Means All

ALL means exactly that…ALL…

Isa. 53:6 –  We have all strayed like sheep. Each one of us has turned to go his own way, and the LORD has laid all our sins on him.

We recently drove across country, and on the way, one of our favorite things to do was to listen to music.  One of our favorite Christian musician/composers is Fernando Ortega.  He is a gifted man.  One of the things he does from time to time is to take old hymns and put them to new tunes or at least, new rhythms.  One such song is “Jesus Paid It All”.  As I listened to the words of that old refrain, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

I was captured by the very first phrase.  How often do we think and feel that God can’t possibly forgive us ALL our sins?  They are so many!  And the count of our lifetime sins goes up daily, does it not?  Let’s face it: it’s hard to go through a single day without some sinful action, attitude or thought.

At the recent Republican national convention, they had some large electronic signs that showed how much the national debt was increasing as each second of the convention passed.  It was up to something like an eight billion dollar increase just during the time the convention was going on.

Sometimes I think my sins pile up faster than the national debt.  Sometimes I can get so depressed about my sin that I really do think that I’m a lost cause, adrift and beyond the reach of the lifesaver tossed out by Jesus from the cross.  Then I hear Fernando Ortega and hear the verses from Isaiah and Colossians that speak of how the Lord has “laid ALL our sins on Him” and how “He forgave ALL our sins.”

At the time those things were written, I didn’t even exist yet.  But the words and promises are real and true for you and for I and for all who put their faith in Christ.  ALL our sins…and when God said “All” He meant “ALL”!

Col. 2:13 (NLT) – You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

PRAYER:  For your gracious forgiveness and matchless grace, we are humbled and everlastingly grateful!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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