Mid-Week Reflections from Bro. Rudy November 15, 2017 Nothing I desire compares with You - Jesus One of my favorite worship songs declares; “Lord, You are more precious than silver; Lord, You are more costly than gold. Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with You.” It is a beautiful song. But do we really mean it? Is knowing, following, loving, and serving Jesus the most important thing in our lives?
It is not difficult to sing the song. It is living what we sing that is the challenge. I believe most of us would agree that Jesus is more precious than silver, more costly than gold, and more beautiful than diamonds. But do we live like we believe that? Do we love Jesus so much that we want to spent time with Him and make Him the priority of our lives?
I had an associate pastor in a former church who often introduced the time of meditation in worship with the words, “Let’s love on Jesus.” It was his way of reminding us that one of the basic reasons for prayer is expressing our love to Jesus. Rick Warren defined worship as “Loving God back.” That is also one of the most basic aspects of prayer. It is expressing our love to the One who loved us so much that He died for us.
There is no doubt about God’s great love for us. One of my favorite passages puts it this way; “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8; NRSV) The love that went to the cross proved the depth of God’s love for us. How do you demonstrate your love for God?
At our Terry Teykl Prayer Encounter, he reminded me that prayer is much more than giving God our wish list. Prayer is much deeper than giving God our burdens and problems. Yes, Jesus invites us to cast our burdens on Him. But, Jesus desires our love above all else. Jesus longs to spend time with His bride, which is who we are as followers of Jesus. He longs for His bride to demonstrate a love that puts Him first.
This afternoon while visiting Pat and Jane Waldrep, she shared that they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday. Such a wedding anniversary is a testimony of love. I thought, that’s the relationship Jesus wants us with. He wants a relationship where we sometimes simply sit in His presence, sometimes talk about life, and express love to each other through words and acts.
What would life be like if we truly lived as if Jesus was more precious than silver, more costly than gold, and more beautiful than diamonds? Here are some things that came to my mind;
Jesus would be on my mind throughout the day.
I would long to spend some time with Jesus, all by myself.
I would talk with Jesus throughout the day.
I would make the worship of Jesus a real priority.
My giving would reflect my love for Jesus.
Likewise, my service would demonstrate my love for Jesus.
I would want to share Jesus with others.
“Lord, You are more precious than silver; Lord, You are more costly than gold. Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with You.” Make it so, Lord of my life. - Rudy
Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.