The song – Macedonia (emphasis added by me)The vision of a dying world is vast before our eyes;We feel the heartbeat of its need, We hear its feeble criesLord Jesus Christ, revive Thy church in this her crucial hour!Lord Jesus Christ, awake Thy church with Spirit-given power.The savage hugs his god of stone and fears descent of night;The city dweller cringes lone amid the garish lightLord Jesus Christ, arouse Thy church to see their mute distressLord Jesus Christ, equip Thy church with love and tenderness.Today, as understanding bounds are stretched on every handO clothe Thy Word in bright, new sounds and speed it o'er the landLord Jesus Christ, empower us to preach by every means!Lord Jesus Christ, embolden us in near and distant scenes.The warning bell of judgment tolls, above us looms the crossAround are ever dying souls - how great, how great the loss!O Lord, constrain and move Thy church the glad news to impart!And Lord, as Thou dost stir Thy church begin within my heart.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
One of the reasons I named my blog what it’s named comes from the song, “Macedonia.” It's been on my heart a lot lately, especially after our Mission Feast Sunday and an election that revealed a divided, dissatisfied nation.
So, here’s a tribute to the song that’s helped me look at the world from a completely different standpoint than what I'm used to...and helped me to see that just sitting in my nice, happy world isn't going to cut it when I claim to live for Christ. I, and everyone else who claims to be a Christian, has to get out of our nice, happy world and have a heart for the souls who are dying and don't even know it! So, go find your Macedonia - and be blessed in the sharing of the Gospel!
Macedonia is right outside our front doors, literally! So, what are we doing right now to reach the “ever dying souls”? Don’t you feel the great loss of so many souls who don’t know our Lord? Don’t you hurt for their loss and their awful destiny that is sure to come? If you do feel the loss and grieve from it, then join me in praying that we, as Christ-followers, would begin to “preach the Gospel by every means”. What does that look like? Not quite sure, except trying to be Christ to everyone in every setting – whether at home, work, on Facebook, in the grocery store, in your car, at the doctor’s office, everywhere! “Dying souls” are everywhere!
"During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." Acts 16:9-10
Lord Jesus Christ, empower and embolden us to preach by every means…