Ok. This amazing song from church is stuck in my head. and I think it is one of the most beautiful, moving songs I've heard in a long time. It's called "All the Poor and Powerless." Take a listen here: http://youtu.be/lnFloiyGey4
This song relates really well to a series we've been doing in my youth group called Sent. It talks about how we're sent as the physical body of Christ to continue God's work here on Earth. Anyway.
The song All the Poor and Powerless made me think of how lost I was before I found Christ. I recognize now that I felt lonely, powerless, sad, and unwanted before I found the amazing power of God's love. To me, God's love is something that cannot be described and has to be tried. People underestimate the power of God's love until they are engulfed by it. As David Crowder's "How He Loves" states, "He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy." God's love for us is unbelievably powerful. God decided to come to save us even though he didn't have to because He loved us so much! He came to save all of us lost.
This led me to look up the story of Zacchaeus. It's in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector. Tax collectors were hated as they were because they were considered traitors of Israel, but he was the one who directed all of the others. When Jesus was walking with his crowd, he stopped and told Zacchaeus that he was dining at Zacchaeus' house that day!
Zacchaeus was considered the lowest of the low- the most lost of the lost. Yet Jesus chose to spend time with him. After Zacchaeus had spent some time with Jesus, people started to mutter about how Jesus was dining with "a sinner." Then Zacchaeus stands up a new man and says he's giving all of his possessions to the poor! He's a new man! Jesus says at the end, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
That's so true. Zacchaeus was so lost, and when I think about it, I was probably even more lost. After I actually spent some time with the body of Christ, I became a new person! It was amazing!
However, tonight I looked at myself and realized I'm ever so slowly drifting back towards the way I was before the transformation. So tonight I told God, "Take all of my life, transform me, and use me the way you want me to. Help me to live like you." So that's what I'm trying to do. Tonight was an amazing Sunday.
Good night! God bless!