It has been a month since my last blog post. The only excuse I have is to say that life is in progress, and the Lord is continuing to open my eyes to so many wonderful things in His Kingdom that it is difficult to capture it all in a blog. So I wanted to give everyone a quick update and share just a couple of points in relation to Christ’s bride (the church) and to whole hearted worship.
First, God has been showing me just how beautiful His bride can be. I have been trying to keep in shape by running on a regular basis. It has been a great time of reflection and perseverance. A while back, I pushed myself a little to hard and really began to feel my body beginning to rebel against my inner spirit’s desire to press on. If you ever run with music, I encourage you to run while listening to the newest album from Andrew Peterson (Light for The Lost Boy) and put it on the first song called, “Come Back Soon”. My heart felt as though it would burst from my body as it joined with this hypnotic, haunting song singing out the pain and cry of God’s creation, longing for restoration. In that moment God began to show me the beauty of His creation. The tree’s, the waters, birds and the sounds of the forest all around me; beautiful as it was, still cursed but still thriving. How could that be? Cursed yet thriving with life? It could be so because of God’s creating voice, speaking, sustaining, giving life inward to all of His creation. Our bodies much the same, are dying on the outside, decaying and wasting away no matter how much we exercise. But, submitted to God, alive with the Holy Spirit, we are being filled with eternal, sanctifying waters of life. Renewed and cleansed by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus the Anointed One. Cursed and broken but thriving in hope and the assurance of eternal life. -Romans 8:18-25
Second, I continue to get glimpses of what worshiping in spirit and truth should look like. I continue to get more encouragement and confirmation from the Lord, that the time is now, to start a candid, honest conversation about our corporate worship gatherings. To examine our hearts, confess sin before the Lord and to one another, to reach for the higher calling of God, to “be Holy” as “He is Holy” (1 Pet 1:16). Some of what I am beginning to realize as being key to worshiping in Spirit and Truth, is this pursuit of Holiness. As I just hinted at in the previous paragraph we wont be cured of our sinful cursed bodies until heaven, but the pursuit- while we are here in this world, must be continued at any cost. We must not sacrifice the call to holiness for anything in or of this life. Peter says we have been “reborn- not from seed that eventually dies but from seed that is eternal- through the word of God that lives and endures forever.” -1 Pet 1:23. Knowing this truth, revealed by the Spirit, we can confidently reach for holiness. So how does this help in our corporate worship gatherings? Well, 1 Peter 1:22 tells us that, “Now that you have taken care to purify your souls through your submission to the truth, you can experience real love for each other. So love each other deeply from a pure heart.” As we embrace the assurance of these truths and the pursuit of holiness; we do so, so that when we gather together as the church, we can experience fullness of joy, together with and through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 John 1:1-4). I dont know about you but that is the kind of corporate worship gathering I want to walk into on any given day of the week.
So, my hope is that in the near future, I can put together a panel of lead worshipers; people who I have come to know deeply and intimately through the ministry of love in Christ, to have deep meaningful discussions about worship in 2012 and onward. Through those discussions I believe the Lord will be speaking and out of those fires, iron sharpening iron, we will have burned away the dross to pull out a refined jewel from the Lord. What a wonderful joy it will be then as His bride gathers to worship and we offer up that jewel back to Him in true spirit and truth.
Thank you for taking this journey with me. Let silence and what is practical in the eyes of the American church, kneel in reverence to Kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
by, e. perry
[All scriptures listed in this article came from The Voice translation]