Oh Gracious God, reveal yourself to our loved ones,
Bestow on them belief in Your Triune nature,
Cause them to confess sins with remorseful tongues,
Inspire them to trust in Your Son as their Savior.
Compel them to deny other religions,
Avoid false teaching and untrue prophecies,
Advise them to become baptized as Christians,
and invite the Holy Spirit in their bodies.
Let them hunger for Your Word and read it daily,
Kindle a desire to seek You and serve You,
Coach them to share the love of Christ bravely,
Lead them to a church that will see them through.
We exalt You, Father, above everything,
We praise You as our everlasting Lord and King!
*I pray in agreement for the salvation of your loved ones. In Christ’s Name, Amen!
What if Grandma’s baking was the best smell ever?
What if baby skin is the softest matter we’ll caress?
What if the first kiss is the last time our hearts’ll flutter?
If this world is all there is for us, then there’s nothing else left.
But if heaven exists, then the best is yet to come,
We have never felt a cloud tuck us in at night,
We still haven’t smelled truly fragrant blossoms!
We haven’t felt the unmitigated love of Christ.
Surely the Lord is there waiting for you and me,
He holds an unimaginable joy for us in eternity.
“…’no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has known.’ God has prepared these things for those who love him.” 1Corinthians 2:9 (NIRV)
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In the Holman Christian Standard Bible, 1Corinthians 3:9 is rendered “For we are God’s coworkers…” I remember reading that verse for the first time with some shock and disbelief. Me? I am a coworker of God? How could little ol’ me be a coworker of God? His work is so perfect and important. How could I be a coworker? Yet the Bible does not lie so it must be true. That is my identity. I am a coworker of God along with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. What an absolute privilege!
Let me be clear. I am not a pastor, Christian musician, or on the church staff. God has blessed me with some talent to write and the desire to serve God with it. 1Peter 4:10 reminds us to use gifts to serve one another as faithful stewards of His grace. This makes our service not only a privilege but also an act of obedience.
Matthew 5 reminds us that we are the light of the world and that men do not light a lamp with the intention of hiding it. They put it on display! Our Father has given His children the light of the Holy Spirit and ignited talent in us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Today, I encourage you to use your talent (no matter what it is) to serve God. If you are reading this and happen to have the talent to write poetry, please consider joining in Draw Near’s effort to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by submitting a poem for the upcoming free ebook called Blessed Creation: A Christian Poetry Collection. (See the details on the Call for Submissions page.)