Song + Verse: 08.03.2020

This week’s Song + Verse. Your reminder to make time for Jesus today, give Him the praise He deserves and consider all He’s done. Consider listening to this song and meditating on these verses when you see this. I’ve written a snippet at the end, and I would love to hear from you guys in the comments here or DMs on Instagram (@gabrielle____r). What are your thoughts? What songs and passages have been on your mind lately? Share what God is doing. Enjoy!

For the Sake of the World – Bethel Music
I’m laying down my life
I’m giving up control
I’m never looking back
I surrender all
I’m living for Your glory on the earth

This passion in my heart
This stirring in my soul
To see the nations bow
For all the world to know
I’m living for Your glory on the earth

For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me
Light a flame in my soul for every eye to see
For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me

For every knee to bow down
For every heart to believe
For every voice to cry out
Burn like a fire in me

For every tongue to confess
You alone are the King
You are the hope of the earth
Burn like a fire in me

Romans 10:11-17
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Isaiah 49:5-6
“And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

Today we’re switching it up and giving you three verses! I just couldn’t decide on two, so I figured I’d just give you a freebie (as if you’re paying for the other two…) Anyways, let’s get into this!

The question has come to me often recently of why I’ve chosen Christ. Why is it that I practice the things I practice? Why is it that I write a blog like this one? Why is it that I’ve decided I want to pursue working in missions overseas? The answer feels obvious. I want to glorify God, share the Gospel, make disciples. But sometimes I need to be reminded, I think all of us do. This week leading up to writing this was full of these questions. I gave myself that routine answer every time they came up, knowing that should be the reason. Then came the time to brainstorm what song I would write about this week. Feeling a bit uninspired, I went to my arsenal of “maybe someday I’ll write about this one” songs. Honestly, I chose this one pretty randomly. I’m glad I did, because upon listening to it, it was that reminder that I really needed.

The truth is, in times of exhaustion, dryness, grief, or stress, we can sometimes lose sight of our motivation. That’s what I was able to recognize in the process of pulling this post together. I, of course, know what my motivation is supposed to be. I like to think that the reality of what it is usually aligns with that. Sometimes it doesn’t, though. Sometimes I get caught up in the flashy, glorified versions of what I’m moving into because it’s easier to envision than the unknown. College life, growing independence, missions, writing and plenty of other examples. Those are the moments I have to repent and redirect. I have to remember why I’ve been placed where I have been, why I do what I do, and why I’ve chosen the life I’ve chosen.

The why is expressed in this song and these verses. The why is for God’s glory and “for the sake of the world”. Each lyric and each scripture included here is a reminder to me of God’s mission and how I have the honor of participating in it being fulfilled. I’ll admit that I need that reminder more than I should. God is always faithful to provide that reminder and humble me when I begin to veer off course. He is so good.

Thank You, Lord that You have invited us to be a part of the accomplishment of Your mission. We recognize that even in our best intentions, we can often lose sight of why we are doing what we are doing. I pray we would all stay in tune with Your Spirit. I pray that we would not brush off the moments when we are led to conviction about where our motivation lies simply because we know where it should be. Help us to become more aware of where it actually is and to be all the more proactive in aligning that with where it should be.

Thank you for reading! The past couple of weeks have honestly been a bit overwhelming and it has been difficult for me to remain focused. I am being reminded daily of the importance of keeping my eyes on Jesus and desiring His will above all. It is not always easy, but it is certainly always worth it. I’ll leave you with that today. Abide in Him. May He bless you and keep you. Have a wonderful week!

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