Song + Verse: 08.17.2020

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!

Glory to Glory – Bethel Music
Created from dust
And you came and You lived among us
You took on our frame, You walked in our pain
And now You’re taking us higher

And You stepped into time
And You laid down Your life to save us
And You took all our shame
On the cross it was laid
And now You’re taking us higher

‘Cause we go from glory to glory to glory
We’ll never be the same, we’ll never be the same
We go from glory to glory to glory
We’re forever changed, forever changed

And You call me Your friend
Brought into Your endless kingdom
And by the blood I was made, no longer a slave
And now You’re taking us higher

We go from glory to glory to glory
We’ll never be the same, we’ll never be the same
‘Cause we go from glory to glory to glory
We’re forever changed, forever changed

Until we reach the day
Love conquers everything
We’ll cry an anthem singing
Holy, Holy
And when we see that day
We’re standing face to face
We’ll shout an anthem singing
Holy, Holy

You took on the grave
So not even death can shake us
The victor has won
And Heaven has come
Now You’re taking us higher
And now You’re taking us higher

2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

God transforming us into His image is an act of love in itself. It begins this cycle of sorts where we are able to love better and thus learn more about God and thus are able to love better and so on. Through this love and transformation, we are able to fulfill our purpose by glorifying God’s name in bringing that love to the world and sharing salvation with those who have not heard the Gospel. Truthfully, the absence of love would count those things worthless. I’m getting choked up just thinking about it. There is no greater gift than the communion with God that comes as we submit to Him and are transformed by His Spirit. There is no greater honor than that of sharing God’s love with the nations. There is no greater love than the love God expresses in giving us these things.

I want to keep today’s post short and ask that you take the time yourself to contemplate how our being transformed into the image of God relates to His love for us and His mission to glorify His name in bringing salvation to the nations. Don’t just brush that off. Take out a notebook, bring up your notes app on your phone, listen to this song, open your bible. Set a timer if you need to! Take some time to reflect. I promise you that the extra 5 or 10 minutes out of your day will not ruin your schedule.

Thank you for reading! I am becoming more and more aware of how foundational missions is to the Christian faith, and the more I study the more I see it throughout scripture in the entire Bible. Before ending, I want to let you know what the next couple weeks will look like! This coming weekend I will be moving to Minnesota for school. So, next week I will be posting about the move with all sorts of fun pictures and any exciting stories that may come about! It likely will be on Tuesday or Wednesday that I post instead of Monday so that I have time to get all the pictures together and some from orientation can be included. The week after (Aug. 31st) I will be collaborating with my friend Georgia from school! She has written a post about worship that will be published here and I have written a post on missions that will published on her blog (which is definitely worth checking out). After that I’ll update you guys on what my schedule for posting will be looking like while in school. Abide in Him. May He bless you and keep you. Have a wonderful week!

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