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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Focus

TODAY'S QUOTES:

MUCH OF YOU
(Steven Curtis Chapman)
[John 3:30 / Galatians 6:14]

How could I stand here
And watch the sun rise
Follow the mountains
Where they touch the sky
Ponder the vastness
And the depths of the sea
And think for a moment
The point of it all was to make much of me
'Cause I'm just a whisper
And You are the thunder and...

[Chorus:]
I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to give You the praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used
To make much of You

And how can I kneel here
And think of the cross
The thorns and the whip and the nails and the spear
The infinite cost
To purchase my pardon
And bear all my shame
To think I have anything worth boasting in
Except Your name
'Cause I'm a sinner
And You are the Savior and...

This is Your love, oh, God
Not to make much of me
But to send Your own Son
So that we could make much of You
For all eternity

JOHN 3:30

30He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]

GALATIANS 6:14

14But far be it from me to glory [in anything or anyone] except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) through Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!

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When I hear the words to this song, my eyes fill with tears.  They speak so profoundly to my "inner-man" to my spirit, that I am not sure I can adequately express it.

I know that so much of the time, my mind is on the day-to-day busy activities, that I lose my focus.  I forget that it's not all about me... my activities... my obligations...

Editing deadlines, papers to grade, laundry to fold, meals to plan, bills to pay, library books to return, emails to read, comments to post, appointments to keep, Christmas shopping to do...

I know these are important things.  I know it's good to live responsibly and manage my time well.  That's not my point.

My point is, I spend so much of my mental energy on these things... I get out of focus...

When Paul wrote to the church at Colossae, he encouraged the Christians there:

"And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth."                                       

~ Colossians 3:2

And sometimes, this is where my challenge lies.

How do I keep my mind on the higher things, when so much of my activity is down here?

And today, this song reminded me...

"I'm just a whisper, and You are the thunder..."  

"Think of the cross, the thorns and the whip and the nails and the spear, the infinite cost to purchase my pardon..."

"How could I stand here... and think for a moment the point of it all was to make much of me..."

And everything changed........

My prayer today:

Forgive me, Jesus.  I lost focus.  The very idea that You would choose me, love me, save me... that You busy yourself with my steps... 

Even my redemption is not about me.  Instead it shouts aloud Your mercy, Your glory. 

Remind me.  Remind me. 

"I want to make much of You, Jesus.  I want to make much of Your love.  I want to live today to give You the praise that You alone are so worthy of.  I want to make much of Your mercy.  I want to make much of Your cross.  I give You my life.  Take it and let it be used to make much of You." 

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