Monday, May 5, 2008

What This World Needs

I am a big Casting Crowns fan. In their third album, "The Altar and the Door," the first song is entitled "What This World Needs." It got me to thinking what does this world need? Near the end of the song there is a spoken part that may never reach a radio.
"People aren't confused by the gospel,
They're confused by us.
Jesus is the only way to God,
But we are not the only way to Jesus.
This world doesn't need My tie, my hoodie, My denomination, or my translation of the Bible,
They just need Jesus.
We can be passionate about what we believe,
But we can't strap ourselves to the gospels.
Because we're slowing it down
Jesus is going to save the world,
But maybe the best thing we can do Is just get out of the way."
I never thought that what I do may actually get in the way of another person getting closer to God. I am humbled when I consider the role I may play as a believer, a mom, a wife, a friend and a pastor. Am I a bridge or a barrier? I am taking a preaching course right now and I think the big message is "Get out of the Gospel's way." When I preach for the class and when I preach again on Sunday my hope is that I unwrap the scripture in a relevant way that allows it to transform peoples' lives. My past-pastor used to pray before every sermon "Lord, let Your Word speak either through me or in spite of me. In Jesus' name, Amen. I guess that is the best that we can hope for, "Lord, let Your will be lived through my life and in spite of my choices. In Jesus Name, Amen. AMEN?

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