For the Cause of Christ

Hello lovely subscribers, bloggers, friends, family, and passers-by let me preface my blog post with an apology. I have been, as the teens say MIA – missing in action. The last two weeks have been, busy to say the least. I am in my final years of my undergraduate studies and with the end being so near so is the pressure, the assignments and the tests. But, this week serves as my last week of exams – can I get an amen? So, here I am. Back to my love of leisure, unbiased, unstructured and God focused writing!

This morning I want to tell you why I feel hopeful and optimistic in the midst of exams within what appears to be a world that seems to be collapsing under the weight of its unprincipled and God-ignoring ways of thought and life.

Being submerged within a world that devalues God and all he stands for is difficult to say the least. We all face it in our workplaces, secular relationships or school. I have been taught in almost all my university courses that “God is dead” or the Bible serves as the worst piece of literature out there. In spite of all the critiques, and criticism I am the first and sometimes the only voice against the odds and superiority. Professors, and Teaching Assistants are more concerned about how one writes or even speaks on the institutions beliefs as opposed to a person’s individual truths. Doing this was not easy as on many occasions my grades took a beating along with my hope.

Now why am I optimistic and hopeful in the midst of all this? It’s because there are signs that even here on this earth God has a saving and reforming work to do. His work is not only restricted to a few scattered individual lives or the education system, but in the larger social fabric of this world.

What I know is that God has taken decadent, self-destroying societies and remade them by the power of his Holy Spirit through the preaching of the gospel of the grace God, and through the social impact of thousands of remade men and women, but he needs us.

God is calling us. All the things we experience in life and the questions we have of God pails in comparison to the reason we are on this earth. We are going to go through difficult things, but the cause of Christ is what it’s about. The Lord says to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel of the good news of the Cross. This means taking up our cross although we might not fully understand what we’re going through. We might not fully understand the pain we experience, but we should want Jesus more than we want to understand. For this cause we’ll live, for this cause we’ll die. We surrender everything for this cause, there’s joy found in Christ.

My favourite verse of this weeks song says:
“It is not fame that I desire
Nor stature in my brother’s eye
I pray it’s said about my life
That I lived more to build Your name than mine”

If we all take this stance in our life we realize it’s all about God, it’s about worshipping and bringing fame to the Glory and the name of Jesus. Whether you’re leading worship, or in the pews the real challenge is to say “God no matter what it’s for your Glory and not myself”. At the end of the day it is for the cause of Christ that we live – even if our grades, our relationships, or our reputation takes a beating.

This week’s song is The Cause of Christ by Kari Jobe ❤

Lyrics:
The only thing I want in life is to be known for loving Christ to build His church, to love His bride
And make His name known far and wide

For this cause I live
For this cause I’d die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ

He is all my soul will prize
Regardless of the joy or trial
When agonizing questions rise
In Jesus all my hope abides

For this cause I live
For this cause I’d die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ

Jesus my Jesus
For Your glory for Your name
Jesus my Jesus
I will only sing Your praise

For this cause I live
For this cause I’d die
I surrender all
For the cause of Christ
All I once held dear
I will leave behind
For my joy is this
Oh the cause of Christ

It is not fame that I desire
Nor stature in my brother’s eye
I pray it’s said about my life
That I lived more to build Your name than mine

 

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