Holy, holy holy.....


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

 Dear Friends:

I am struck by how people immediately “feel to their knees” when they came to Jesus in the gospels.  These were people that were demon-possessed, pleading for their sick children, aware of their own sin and need of a savior, etc.   But they were not, in my opinion, any less “intelligent” than modern man. And whereas they were less educated than we are in terms of technology and the sciences (perhaps), they were no less astute when it came to the existential matters of life and death.  They realized that all men and born and all men die. What happens after that has been debated for thousands of years.

 

But these people saw Jesus for what He was——a one-of-a-kind, “not of this world” and unique man. They might not have been ready to call Him “God in the flesh”, but they saw Him do things that no man had ever done before. Even those who were unaware of His miracles were awed by what He said (“No man ever spoke like this man”…….”Surely this was the Son of God”….)

 

And so when they came to Him they humbled themselves before Him and pleaded for His help. And this, friends, is one thing that I don’t see so often in the Christian worship today. I am all for contemporary music and worship, I love the entertainment found in Christian skits and dramas, and I am fond of Christian comedians! Anything whereby the gospel can be communicated to youth that have turned a deaf ear to the traditional means of preaching and worship.

 

But I fear that we have misplaced or forgotten our proper appreciation, at times,  for the Savior and the Father.  I am referring to the flippancy with which He is worshipped and spoken of at youth rallies, on Christian radio, but the mega-church pastors and even in traditional church services. He is holy—-and “wholly other”—-and I am neither worthy nor can I make myself worthy—-worship is supposed to be all about Him.  And I suppose that what burdens me at times with contemporary worship is the question: Is it at all about Him and are we humbly (figuratively if not literally) falling to our knees when we come to Him?

 

Personally, I never felt as close and approved by Him when I am on my knees praising Him and asking for His mercy.   Do we teach our youth, our own children, those who would be leaders in our worship this? Or has God’s Kingdom become so desperate for workers that nothing is holy and sacrosanct?

 

His Kingdom is in need of no one and nothing, but I am in desperate need of the Son and His kingdom.

 

Warmly,

 

Dean Barley

The Vineyard

Dean@Vineyardcamp.com

336 351 2070

919 368 8493 (Mobile)

The Vineyard

 


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