This is my first time reading the New Testament through in The Message. And I have to admit, every day I’m blown away as I see things I’ve read many times differently. This day was no exception:
“Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee,
headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion.
The moment they saw Him they worshiped Him.
Some, though, held back,
not sure about worship,
about risking themselves totally.“
Matthew 28:16-17 MSG – emphasis mine
A gasp escapes as I set the Bible on my lap. Unsure if I can read any further.
Held back…not sure about worship..
about risking themselves totally…
It’s as if these verses were written by one looking straight into my eyes.
Instinctively I reach for my treasured one. The Bible I’ve had since I was 16. For I needed to see why I’ve missed this.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted.
Ah, now I see what I look like when I don’t worship fully. When I hold a bit of myself back while praising Him…
Father, forgive me for this doubting heart of mine. Please take it. I give it to You. I don’t want it to hold me back from proclaiming You fully anymore. Because You are worth the risk. Jesus, You’ve done more for me than You will ever ask me to do for You. What a fool I would be to not give all of me to You. Every day. Yes, I’m all in. To You be all glory and honor…
I pick the Bible back up and read what was to follow. And smile wide when I see Jesus’ response:
“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave His charge…”
(the Great Commission follows)
Curiosity got the better of me as I reached for my dictionary. Friends, have you ever looked up the definition for ‘undeterred’? Here are the words that jumped out to me:
Undeterred: unshakable faith.
This series of events happened after Christ’s crucifixion. After He had paid for my debt — my doubting heart — with His own life. And to think…He didn’t even regret it. Even after seeing how we still held back from Him, He remained undeterred in His goal of saving us.
Isn’t that just like our Redeemer? What grace…
Yes, this is what I will do this week. I’m not going to hold back. I’ll give my all for His glory. I’ll get out of His way and allow Him to work His wonder. With my hands held high. What have I got to lose?
Will you join me?
On this Music Monday, instead of focusing on one song, I want to focus on one thing: Worship. Friends, might I challenge you to worship Him fully this week? Don’t hold back.
Go ahead — risk yourself totally. For Him.
If not for the love of Him, then do it for His love of you.
I’m ready to begin worshiping fully. And seeing the gifts He has given me this week is a great way to start. May I share some things that filled my praise journal this week with you?
- Nothing can separate me from His love. So I have nothing to fear.
- My flowers are still alive! Even after all this heat and my not-so-green thumb…
- Don’t need to pretend to be anything but a sinner saved by grace.
- Corn on the cob
- Only love empowers the leap in trust
- Family game night saturated with laughter
- Madeline L’Engle. Truly, I’m captivated.
- Watermelon dripping from elbows
- Another glimpse of grace while reading Matthew 28:16-17 MSG
- God loves us even when we don’t want Him to love us…
How about you? How are you striving to worship Him fully? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.