One of my favorite worship songs of all time repeats this phrase repeatedly, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I made it, when it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus.” I don’t know about you, but that’s a reminder that I constantly need. We are searching the Scriptures on Sundays in the life of Long’s Chapel to reflect on what God is trying to free us from, because it’s not uncommon that we find ourselves eluding God’s attempt to get His hands on us while we consume everything we can get our hands on. We grab for every false god we can find, and many times don’t even think about the things in our life that we let “compete” with our loyalty to Jesus. So, I hope to see you on Sundays at 9:00, 10:10, or 11:11, as we continue to remove “junk” and “obstacles” from our life so that God’s grace can truly reign in our life. God longs for us to be free, and “the truth shall set us free indeed.”
I recently read a piece by Leonard Sweet which said, “The greatest heresy of the church today is the belief that it’s the trees that move the wind. . . The notion that the most powerful forces in the world are physical, material, tangible, visible forces. It’s not the trees that move the wind. It’s the wind that moves the trees. ‘Not by might, not by power (not even by programs, plans, processes, or politics) but by my Spirit, says the Lord' (Zechariah 4:6). Even trees like this one acknowledge the supremacy of the wind and the invisible because they bow and bend and buckle at the knees in homage to the wind.”
When is the last time you thought about an image for the Christian life as being a tree dancing in the wind, allowing the wind to guide and direct you? Eventually (as we often see at the coast) when a tree bends long enough in the same direction of the wind, it begins to take the shape of that wind permanently.
This is an excellent image for those of us hoping to grow in God’s grace. God’s Spirit is blowing and moving in your life right now. When it’s all about Jesus, it all fits into place, piece by piece.
Take heart friends - for there is much work to do, but that work is towards a winning cause because Jesus Christ is Lord.
“Sometimes, in the winds of change, we find our true direction.”
Hope to see you Sunday,
Rev. Chris Westmoreland Lead Pastor