Something to Say

Published on Dec 26th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Something to Say

Something to Say

When I walked into the office today Jill asked me if I was going to do my blog. She wasn’t so excited about what I had to say but she is the one who actually posts the blog and was planning her day out!! I replied that I did not know yet and that I really didn’t have anything to say. Jill, with good wisdom, replied that it was probably better not to say anything than to just say something. So why am I writing my blog an hour later? I am writing because I now have something to say. I sat down with my Bible and some other material I have been meaning to read and after just a short time…I had something to say. Part of my job is to give 3-4 public speeches a week, write something in this blog each week, and to counsel people. To be honest, after a few weeks I really had nothing to say (to be really honest, I probably didn’t have much to say those first few weeks either!) But the Word of God has much to say to us. It is a constant source of wisdom and it is worth conversing about every minute of our lives. So here is what I have to say, or should I say, here is what the Word of God has to say to us today…

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one had died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
II Corinthians 5:14,15

There is much to talk about in these verses, isn’t there? I was struck by what controls my heart. What has been occupying my mind lately? That which had grabbed my heart was what was on my mind. For me, it was not the love of Christ. It was important, in this life, but it really was not of first importance. I was not fixing my eyes on Jesus and thinking about things above and so I became worried, angry with people, depressed…I was like a man tossed about by every wave – but by allowing the love of Christ to control me, I found stability again.

God then placed on my heart my children and grandchildren. How can I communicate to them the truth that we do not live for ourselves? Have I communicated effectively that success in life is a life where the love of Christ controls us? This world view of life is so totally contrary to the world view of society. Have I prepared my children enough so that they will now teach their children to be so controlled by the love of Christ, as seen in the gospel, that they are willing to live counter cultural lives? Is the truth that Jesus died and was raised for their sake and the glory of God so gripping their heart that it controls their behavior? Their choices? Their money? Their relationships?

When I believe that I can somehow produce this in my children, I lecture a lot. When I realize that only God can produce this in my life and in the lives of my children and grand children, I pray a lot.

When I believe that I can somehow produce this in my children, I demand good behavior and get angry and frustrated when they do wrong. I wonder how they could do this to me? When I realize that only God can produce this kind of heart, I confess to my children that I struggle as they struggle to do what is right. I can then pray with them that the Spirit will control each of our hearts.

Jesus died and rose again for my sake. O what love!!! May that love overwhelm and control my heart every day.

Now, that is something worth saying…

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