Here I am, I am your servant Lord

December 14, 2008 Suzie

This morning I went to church and it was just a fantastic service. For those of you who don’t know much about me I come from a fantastic church called Grove Chapel in Camberwell, London. I was brought up in this church and it is such a blesisng to be a part of. It is such a family and there are so many wonderful, beautifully godly people there and i miss it! It is a fairly traditional church which in some ways is nice but i knew that perhaps i was ready for a bit of a change.

The time came to come to uni and to start looking for churches; I have struggled with this I must admit. My parents have brought me up in the Truth and so this, to me, is the most important thing; to find a church where the Bible is preached both truthly and faithfully. This however, doesn’t seem to be much of a problem in Bedford, Praise the Lord! So then i move to the nexct thing which for me is worship in terms of the music style. I will re-emphasize that this is the second most important thing. Of course it doesn’t come before the Word of God but yet it is so important.

Singing and music are a real passion in my life and its a way that i feel i realy connect with God, through the words that i sing and how freely i am able to express myself when worshiping God. This is what i have found more difficult because naturally i come from a church where we sing but i feel like i have never had the opportunity to really express myself to God in the way thta i want with fear of other people looking at me strangely but there are a few churches in Beford where i can do this…woohoo!! But it still takes a bit of getting used to!

And then theres the family aspect of it, how welcoming people are and this is proving more difficult. I seem to find churches where 2 of 3 is taking place but not all and this is a struglle. The place where i think God wants me to be is great in 2 areas but not so in the other and this is hard. Right now i can’t work out if it really is where God wants me to be and i should stick it out and pray or whether i should keep looking. Honestly, this is getting me down. Iw ant to be in a church that is pasisonate about Jesus but passionate for others aswell so i’ll keep you posted. any prayers again greatly apreciated!

So anyway, i’m rambling. The point of this blog was to talk about the sermon which was preached by a great guy who has such a passion for God. We were looking at mary, the mother of Jesus and how easy it is to either exalt her or forget her.

There were a few things in the sermon that really struck me and i would like to share them with you. The first is ‘new plans’. We can see that mary was given new plans! Of course she wasn’t expecting to become pregnant, she was a virgin! No doubt she had plans for her life; plans to be a wife and THEN a mother! But God had different plans. Plans that were far beyond Marys expectations. The same is true for us! God has plans for each one of us, new plans, great plans, plans far beyond our expectation!

But with these plans for mary it certainly wasn’t easy! In fact they were impossible! How is it possible to have a baby if you are a virgin!? by mans efforts this is impossible but ‘WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE’. The plans God has for us are impossible. When looking at it we may think, ‘god i’m really not capable of this and that, is just the point! We cannot do it. Only by Gods strength can we do it. 

She had to have this Baby and live with everyone’s judgememnt that she had sinned. This plan of Gods wasnt easy for Mary, it was painful! and again, the same is true for us. These plans aren’t going to be easy but they are going to be painful, hard, goingto get us down. Why should we expect them to be easy and painless!? After all, Jesus, the one who all this is for, suffered a death of apin both physically and spiritually far beyond anythign we can ever imagine!  But we are doing them in God’s mighty strength! Mary accepted this and followed Gods plans, she submitted to God. Are we willing to do the same?

The other thing that really went straight to my heart was that Yes, we are a child of God, we are His chosen sons and daughters, adopted into His family but there is so much more. We have the amazing privilege of being His servants. Mary became a servant  of God. She was willign to say, ‘Lord i am your servant’. Are we? Am i wiling to say ‘Here i am Lord, I am your servant. Use me for your glory’. Ultimately everything I do I want to do for the Glory of God! Do you?

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  • 1. inrelentlesspursuitoftruth  |  December 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    This is a wonderful reminder of truth, beautifully written. Thankyou for sharing it honey!
    Love you lots!
    gabi

  • 2. Michelle  |  December 17, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Wow, what a blessing this was to read. And as I stop to write this comment, I am praying that God will lead you directly to the church that He has for you — and that, the moment you step foot into that church, you will know you’re “home”, in a sense.

    I was SO encouraged by your comment on my blog. Sometimes I feel as if it’s just me and Gabi over there — but it’s really encouraging to know that someone else is reading, and that, most of all, someone is in some way being touched or helped by what I write.

    God bless you, Suzie! Do stop by anytime :o)

  • 3. johnny  |  December 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    WIQZ8q Thanks for good post


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