My mind is full of things I want to say–about loving this season, about the great visit from my parents last night, about my decorating, church events, etc. etc. Now to choose from all that blather, and see if this post can be kept from getting too long!
To keep things simple this year for my Advent theme, I’m going to use the “word” thing again: 1) choose a word for the week, and see how it has played out at the end of the week; 2) at that “end of the week”, decide what word would best summarize the week (maybe not the same word we chose at the beginning of the week?) Also, it is time to start thinking about the word for next year! (This year’s word for me, was “plan”.)
So this week’s word: PEACE.
“Peace” certainly came through in the sermon yesterday, as the Youth Pastor discussed our “priestly duty”, to bring others to peace with God. The old line of the priesthood was through Levi, but Jesus, being of the new spiritual priesthood (the line of Melchizedek, which translates to “Prince of Peace“), has now set up the “royal priesthood of believers” (1 Peter 2:5).
Our assignment as priests (a priest is a go-between to God), is to pray for others to come to God. Prayer is where it all starts, that’s what “invokes” if you will, the power of the Holy Spirit–Who has the power to help people realize their need of God. Only God can do that, we are powerless to do it ourselves.
Part of that praying involves worship. “Our worship grows as our perspectives grows”, says the pastor, and I would add: “our perspective grows as our worship grows”. Worship is what keeps God before us, helping us keep aware of his love, his mightiness, his desire toward us, his desire for others to know him… When we realize (and how easy it is to forget) how wonderful God is, how can we not share?
As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart and glorify Your Name
Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name.
O come, let us adore him.