Going back to go forward

I came across an old article from "In Touch" magazine. I had torn out the page and stuck it in another book I had on worship. I believe it's by Mark Batterson. He writes, "Whenever I've lost my way spiritually, I try to retrace my steps. That's essentially what we do every time we celebrate Communion: we make a pilgrimage back to the foot of the cross."

All of us have a need to remember, when we first understood, that God not only loved the whole world, but that He loved us. I remember as a teenager being overwhelmed when our youth pastor said that Jesus would have gone to the cross for just one person. Such a sacrifice for the whole world sure....but for just one. God love is that personal.

That thought still ignites in me a heart of passion.

In Revelation, John talks about returning to your first love.

In the same way you bring out the top of the wedding cake and watch the wedding video on your first anniversary, so too we Christians need ways to remember. Ways to reignite our first love. Something to remind us of how great God's love toward us really is.

I mentioned a few Sundays ago that I have some words of encouragement and remembrance written on the wall in my closet. I would have gotten in trouble for that as a kid. Sometimes it good being the dad.

I have some photos in my office of some worship events that were powerful faith builders in my life.

In my Bible I have notes from sermons heard or special verses underlined with a date of when God's word spoke to me in a particular situation, time or circumstance.

As I wrote this devotional, I immediately remembered the words from the song, "the Heart of Worship"

Matt Redman wrote:

When the music fades
And all is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart

I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You're looking into my heart

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about You
All about You, Jesus
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it
When it's all about You
It's all about You Jesus

Its all about you
Jesus


Every time I sing this song, I pray Lord, never let me become a professional Christian, devoid of passion, just going through the motions. Holy Spirit stir in me a love and passion that will set my heart ablaze. Help me always remember my First Love.

your fellow worshipper,

Joe