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Share What You Love

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We are to be ambassadors of Christ. When I think of the word "ambassadors", my mind immediately goes to all the social media influencers that post on the daily about the brands and products they love. They share what they love! It is part of their job description. It is the same for us. It is our purpose as followers of Christ to be a Jesus-sharing people.
 
Be bold.
 
Acts 9:28 explains that Paul went out “..to speak boldly in the name of the Lord.” That's it! That's what we are called to do. To be bold, to take initiative, to reach out and make disciples in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. This call for us makes my heart so excited and filled with a sense of urgency.
 
Be filled with a sense of urgency.
 
It truly makes my day when I am able to meet with my girls over Zoom calls and talk about Jesus and what He is doing in our lives!
This is what we are meant to do!
We are meant to be the body of Christ, to uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ, to make disciples, and lead them back to the One who rose from the DEAD. The One we just celebrated this past weekend! This is what it is all about. Let’s stop hiding behind fear. Remember to share what you love.
 
Be intentional.
 
There is a quote that has been replaying in my head recently:
Live less out of habit and more out of intent.
I’m not sure who said it first but it is so true! How are we going to do this? How are we going to apply this to our lives? How are we going to be intentional, be filled with urgency, and be bold to reach out in this crazy time of social distancing?
 
Be tech-savvy. 
 
I have been reminded through this season that technology really can be a blessing at times, and we can use it to our advantage! We can check in with that friend that we only used to see in class or at work, or check in with that acquaintance that you always say hi to in that coffee shop! Most likely you already follow several people on social media, so use this time to be bold! Reach out and ask them how they’ve been doing, what their life looks like in quarantine, and if there is anything you can be praying about for them. It’s as simple as that. An act of kindness, a step out of your comfort zone, may just start a conversation that will allow you to share about the Savior that died for you and them on that cross years ago. We are to be ambassadors.
 
am·bas·sa·dor /amˈbasədər/noun
a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.
 
In other words, share what you love.
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Tune My Heart

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The power of music is, well, powerful. It tunes the heart.

I have my go-to playlists like everyone else. I even have my go-to jams when I get that feeling to let loose. There are times, however, when I need to stop, be quiet, and go to the "truth tracks" as I like to call them. These are songs that I need to reteach me truth. These are songs that I need to remind me of who I am really. These are songs that bring me back to the basics. Most of the time, for me, these are hymns. 

Music has a way of telling a story. Come Thou Fount tells a story. It tells a story of this mountain of God's unchanging love. It tells a story of how much I need God. It tells a story of how I needed to be reminded that Jesus sought me when I was a stranger. When I'm prone to wonder, this song reminds me of God's good grace to me. He has streams of mercy that are never ceasing. And nothing can separate me from that love. Nothing. 

Romans 8:35–39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing. 
His grace is overwhelmingly good. Christ has not given up on me and definitely not you. His life, His death, His resurrection changed everything. When you get that like Romans 8 does, you are overwhelmed with the love of Christ. I know I am. It calls for songs of loudest praise! 

Tune your heart to His grace.

When you feel alone, when you feel separated during this social distancing, when you fell forgotten, cling to these words in Romans 8. How many times did Paul, the author of these words, feel alone, hurt, separated? My guess…quite a bit. Romans 8 is one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible. I’m working on memorizing it, it’s so good! Paul needing to have his own heart tuned as he was telling churches the same thing. I could see him relishing in the true of Romans 8 for both his hearers and himself. 

We are more than conquerers though him who loved us.

Don’t forget that today. As we navigate the uncertain waters of this crisis, if you are in Christ, you are not lost, not separated, not defeated. The love of God shown to us tunes our heart. So, take a moment, pause, and sing a little.

Even if you’re the worst singer, use those pipes God gave you to sing of his grace, again songs of loudest praise! 

The fount of blood shed for you is the fount of every blessing. I’m glad on days like this, Jesus makes a way when there is no way. Jesus reminds us in His Word and through these classics that He is good, that He is gracious, that He is loving you and me.

Good music is indeed powerful. It clears the mind and focuses the mind at the same time. I’m not talking about sounds and rhythms. I’m talking about lyrics that stir the soul, that tune the heart to sing thy grace. 

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