Friday, October 25, 2013

A Christian Perspective

The Following is what I wrote for Bonnie Brae's November newsletter: The Caller.

A Christian Perspective

Ecclesiastes 12:12,13 says “ … But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” (New American Standard)

Have you ever thought about the above verses? Interesting about the reading and studying of many books. I like to read. But the conclusion of the matter seems simply to be to Enjoy God. When was the last time you enjoyed God? Through our own pain, and even struggles; when was the last time we recognized God for who He was and is? Hard questions to seek the One who created you.

In seeking, we have to recognize that God loved us first; but we need to love Him as a bride loves her husband. Thus, we need to not only enjoy God; but Worship him. Sure, you’re thinking, “I go to Worship” or “I sing the songs of Worship.” But worship is more than just singing. I read this statement and it really stuck out: “Worship doesn’t just thrill the heart of God. It transforms the minds of men.”- Mark E. Moore.

Matt Redman, a famous Christian musician, says, “In the end, worship can never be a performance, something you’re pretending or putting on. It’s got to be an overflow of your heart …Worship is about getting personal with God, drawing closer to God.” I think C.S. Lewis summed it up best, “Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” Basically, man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Sure evangelism, discipleship, and being the conscience of the community are very important and part of the Great Commission. The interesting thing is that evangelism and education will cease when Christ comes again. But Worship is Forever. So what are you doing to Enjoy God? “Praise and Worship is a choice, not just a feeling. Praise and Worship is a commitment of the heart, not just an emotion.” – Kent Henry. Are you praising and worshiping God in all you do? My prayer is that we are doing that with all of our ministries and programs at Bonnie Brae as we try to be Jesus’ hands and feet to a world that needs Him.


Noteable Scraps said...

Hi, Gerrard! Are you at Bonnie Brae in Richmond now? My brother used to go there (lives in Maryland now). The former minister (Linden Keffer, I think?) was friends with my parents and had grown up in my grandfather's church. Hope it's going great for you! :-)

Debra (Ingram) Haagen

Gerrard Fess said...

I am at Bonnie Brae. Knew Linden. Good man - who is now with Jesus. That is cool. Small world. My wife's grandfather use to be an elder at Bonnie Brae -yrs ago.

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