What grace is mine that He who dwells in endless light
Called through the night to find my distant soul
And from His scars poured mercy that would plead for me
That I might live and in His name be known
So I will go wherever He is calling me
I lose my life to find my life in Him
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies
I bow my heart, take up my cross, and follow Him
What grace is mine to know His breath alive in me
Beneath His wings my wak’ned soul may soar
All fear can flee for death’s dark night is overcome
My Savior lives and reigns forevermore
So I will go…
~ Sing this song with me as our prayer and worship today. ~
Traditional melody ‘Londonderry Air; Arranged by Rob Mathes
Lyrics written and Performed by Mrs. Kristyn Getty
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If you there was one all-important point that was the focus of Jesus’ teaching it would be salvation, don’t you agree?
Websters’ 1828 Dictionary defines salvation as this:
SALVA’TION, n. [L. salvo, to save.]
1. The act of saving; preservation from destruction, danger or great calamity.
2. Appropriately in theology, the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Jesus spoke over and over and over again (Matthew 10, Mark 8, Luke 9, Luke 17, John 12) to His disciples on this life-changing, life-giving, life-saving issue—of ‘losing one’s life’ for the benefit of actually saving it. Perhaps He felt that ‘rubbing it in’ and repetition were needful for them. Perhaps He just loved them so much that He wanted them to know of the vital importance of salvation.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple,
let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests]
and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me,
conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here]
shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here]
for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life
[his blessed life in the kingdom of God]?
Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory (majesty, splendor) of His Father
with His angels, and then He will render account and reward every man
in accordance with what he has done.
Matthew 19:24-27 AMP
These words obviously sunk deep into the hearts of His chosen—the apostles who lived and served alongside Jesus. Immediately prior to His leaving them to return to His Father, He told them,
…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
And so they waited for the promise of the Father—the coming of the Holy Spirit. Upon receiving ‘power’ they did witness…through the manifestation of speaking in tongues to believers gathered in Jerusalem from “every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). In particular, Peter spoke boldly and confidently with much conviction and admonition to the crowds gathered there in Jerusalem. Just as Jesus had done, Peter made it clear that salvation is required for eternal life…and that it is only available through Jesus Christ.
…Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by Him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the Stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
And the Apostle Paul spoke the Gospel message of salvation often, and stridently, to seemingly everyone he encountered. He admittedly recognized in his own life, the need to lose his life, take up his cross, and follow the Lord Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God
that brings salvation to everyone who believes:
first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
We, too, have been given this life-changing, life-giving, life-saving opportunity to do the same. By God’s grace we have received the Gospel message of salvation; and, by His grace, we have believed it. May we, too, sing our confession, ‘I bow my heart, take up my cross, and follow Him!’
So I will go wherever He is calling me…
- Jesus has called us (His disciples) into a life of obedience and submission to Him
I lose my life to find my life in Him…
- Our earthly life, in the end, has no value or worth; but eternal life—oh what worth!
I give my all to gain the hope that never dies…
- …We might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul… (Hebrews 6:18-20)
I bow my heart, take up my cross, and follow Him ♥