Today, I preached about how God calls us into a new life and new world, in the context of 1 Corinthians 1:1-3. It was a tremendous blessing and a great learning experience.
What made today even more powerful for me was the hymn we sang beforehand, a classic. “Come Thou Fount” is captivating, full of powerful messages that have long grabbed my heart. One line in particular:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
The Corinthians were wandering, and that tragic reality led Paul to write that letter and more. How amazing, that God took a man who persecuted the faith and transformed him into someone who’d fight to keep people in that same faith. Oh, Lord. You are beyond limits.
The Corinthians wander — but so do I. I wander constantly. If there is some belief that because I’ve preached, I am no longer capable of such mistakes, allow me to reassure you. I fail every single day. I am always falling short.
I wander, and I feel it. I sense it.
And so I pray:
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
I simply cannot be trusted with it. So, Lord, I beg of you. Do what I cannot.
We happened to sing that song today with no music, just our voices raising up in the sanctuary. It was overwhelming hearing my brothers and sisters all reaching out to Him, placing our hearts and fears in front of Him. It was breathtaking. Lord, we are nothing without you.
As Paul told the Corinthians, they are a church of God, called by God, united with all people in all places (and in all times) who call upon the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. That is indeed true of us, too.