Spent some time this evening learning a new song to use Sunday. Written and performed by the Rend Collection called The Cost. It's a fun, up tempo tune! Should prove a good fit for the upcoming weekend message and worship.
From what I could gather, the song is based on Philippians 3:8. This passage of scripture is one of my favorites! Especially as it reads from The Message ...
"Because of Christ, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him."
Oh how I wish that were absolute truth for my daily living. But, in all honesty, I'm still finding that my affections continue to be drawn toward things of no consequence and away from the simplicity of knowing only Christ and nothing else. Daily I require a refining fire where much of my day's thoughts, words and actions must be soberly cast in order that the sludge and impurities can be removed and burned off.
Painfully, I must confess the Christ-centered man I want to be remains elusive, somewhere out of grasp.
But, even as I journal that thought, I am quickly, gently reminded by Father that it's not on me to perform a flawless routine so that the judges might find no fault and award my efforts with a high score. I'm not seeking man's approval. My truest heart and desire to live Christ is all about relationship. One, I have no credit .. in establishing; or, perhaps a better way to say is .. in purchasing.
I am not my own. I've been bought at a price. As such, "I absolutely have nothing to offer YOU Father. But, my heart .. is Yours. Take all of me."
I truly want to live Christ and nothing else. Jesus live your life in me, through me, as me!
"I don’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness." Philippians 3:9 (msg)