Sunday, April 1, 2012

Food for Thought - 6

Today's thought for the day is a statement of confession...

"I confess that Jesus is Lord. I confess that Jesus shares the name and nature, the holiness, the authority, power, majesty and eternality of the one and only true God. I confess that Jesus died and was raised, opening heaven up to unworthy sinners. I am such a sinner, and I gladly embrace his atonement for me. I confess that Jesus rightfully owns me, every part of me, every moment of my time, every dollar in my possession, every opportunity granted me, every responsibility thrust upon me, every hope I cherish, every person whom I love and treasure. I am personal property of the Lord Jesus Christ. He deserves my allegiance, loyalty and trust 24 hours a day, in all places, in all aspects of my life, both public and private. He is worthy of my obedience. He is worthy of my utmost. He is worthy of my very blood."
RAY ORTLUND JR., American minister (1949–present day) [PFG, 143–44]
Bjorklund, Kurt (2011-08-16). Prayers for Today Sampler: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer (Kindle Locations 802-810). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

"I confess"

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to confess means:
  • to tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself)
  • to acknowledge (sin) to God
  • to declare faith in or adherence to
  • to give evidence of
In this statement of confession, I will state what I believe and declare it by faith.  I will also acknowledge who God is (and who I am).

"that Jesus is Lord."

Lord.  Master.  Almighty.  Creator.  Jehovah.  In control.  Of everything.  (Even me!)

"I confess that Jesus shares the name and nature, the holiness, the authority, power, majesty and eternality of the one and only true God."

I acknowledge that Jesus is fully God - in every way.  I love that it so specifically mentions authority, power, and majesty - which all relate back to Him being Lord.  There is only one God.  Like the Psalmist says, "What God is so great as our God?"

"I confess that Jesus died and was raised, opening heaven up to unworthy sinners."

I realize that Jesus suffered horribly and died a cruel death on the cross.  But that was not the end of the story.  He came back to life - showing who He really is.  Lord.  Of everything.  Even death!  His victory made it possible for sinners like me to have a relationship with God.

"I am such a sinner, and I gladly embrace his atonement for me."

I declare that I am a sinner.  Through the grace that has been freely offered me, I have been made holy and righteous in God's eyes.  While it is not something that I can understand, that does not make it any less true.  I love Him because He loved me first, even when I was a sinner.

"I confess that Jesus rightfully owns me, every part of me, every moment of my time, every dollar in my possession, every opportunity granted me, every responsibility thrust upon me, every hope I cherish, every person whom I love and treasure."

I acknowledge that Jesus is Lord of me.  That is a lot of "every" things, isn't it?  Every part.  Every moment.  Every dollar.  (My money too?)  But if He is Lord - of everything - then that surely includes every part of me and my life.  Sometimes I fail.   His mercy and grace restore me.

"I am personal property of the Lord Jesus Christ."

Because I have given my life to Him, I am His.  He is Lord.

"He deserves my allegiance, loyalty and trust 24 hours a day, in all places, in all aspects of my life, both public and private."

Because He is Lord, He deserves to be worshipped.  He alone is worthy of my trust.  All the time.  Every where.  Even when no one else is watching.

"He is worthy of my obedience. He is worthy of my utmost. He is worthy of my very blood."

Because He is Lord, He is worthy.  Of so many things.  We obey those we love.  We gladly serve those we love.  And we gladly give everything (even our lives) for those we love.  Yes, that is hard, but there is no place I would rather be than where He wants me to be.  Because He is Lord.

As I read this several weeks back, I realized that these words express the desire of my heart.

How about you?  Are these words the desire of your heart as well?

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