I am always intrigued by the exalted place that is given to those who are identified to be living a life that honors Scriptural mandates. While serving in our Greater Grace Church of York County,
The dawn that arises out of brokenness is inexplicable, ineffable. It is a profound revelation that we belong to a peculiar assembly, the ecclesia of God – a called out one. Brokenness is not confession of sin but the gracious quickening that we have violated, broken and distanced ourselves from Holiness, from the One in whom there is no darkness. Brokenness is the sustained relationship (John 15:4) with the One who has called us out of darkness; drawn us from the miry pit and has now made us to sit in heavenly places in/with His Son. Oh, that I would know that there is no sacrifice that can be given or done by any believer… And none is expected and in fact, it is not possible. He is satisfied with His Son – the Only Sacrifice for which God is well pleased: Jesus, the Lamb: (Matt. ; John 17:4, , Col. 1:13,14). It is from brokenness we enter the exchanged life.
Sacrifice, readily understood is taxing oneself out of something which could have been kept/used for personal and/or family use and instead turning and offering it up to “God.” But friends that is not what has been given to us freely – Salvation, a right standing with God (Ps. 116:12: What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? :13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD). Oh that we would understand I Sam. 2:8 and live in and walk in our Privileged Priesthood. Upon only one altar God demanded a sacrifice:
By any “sacrifice,” is heaven made greater, richer, more holy? – impossible! It is appalling to think that we are doing God a favor…or giving Him company by our sacrifice of time to: pray, attend church, availability to evangelism and other areas of ministry. Oh to God that He would have a day or season when He had to get the believer from his/her knees in prayer or from evangelism, or from worship and admonish him/her to go shopping, go do their household chores, seek professional education and other temporal pursuits/security. There is no sacrifice that can be given to cause one to hear from God – the exchanged life cannot live without it… No sacrifice can cause one to be motivated by love and present the Gospel to the unsaved, only the exchanged life can manifest that unfeigned devotion. No sacrifice will cause one to leave father and mother, brother and sister to follow Christ; it is an exchanged life that empowers this response. Galatians is this exchanged life… Romans 12:1,2 lest we bring works (a strangled animal, road kill or an animal that died by unknown natural causes: all unacceptable) to the altar. We must note that every sacrifice that is asked of the believer in the New Testament happens as a direct outworking or response to the Holy Spirit’s communion in Christ; the presence and veneration of the Trinity. Our sacrifice then is the unsolicited praise and thanksgiving of the believer as he/she acknowledges God’s work and indwelling life (Heb. ). Let us ask afresh for the Exchanged Life… Will you and I have John 12:3 once and for all or will we keep our “options” open? Break me oh Lord, break me!... Upon the pierced feet, the feet that sought me in my sin and weakness, upon the feet that crushed the head of the Serpent, upon the feet that bears the marks of unrelenting pursuit of my heart; upon the feet of Jesus, break me.
This has been an incredible summer and year! A lot was accomplished. As of September 3rd, we reached our first year on the island. On every side we see the Finished Work of Christ in building His Church. We are so thankful for the Body of Christ's prayers, support and encouragement as we walk forward in the Great Commission...
The Matthew kids after many hours of airport stay. Julian Jr. found that traveling on his sister's carry-on bag was more enjoyable than using his own legs. There was a four-hour layover and the flight to PR arrived at 2:30am!!
Abigail's first day of school. Equipped for the journey, she is on her newest solo mission: to find the tares among the wheat and confront them with truth and the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. --Any comments? we have a section for that!...we are wondering if anyone really reads our blog, now we'll know... :-)