How deep is your love ?
With Peter Veysie
George Methodist Church
I shared last week on Issachar and the ways in which the Lord used them to speak into their times and to be worshippers as well as to use their recourses.
I am convinced that a season is coming when we will find ourselves having to really think hard about the madate of the church and how we are going to navigate on the journey going forward.
Today I am asking myself and ourselves the question as to how deep our love is and how we are willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
A gentleman I visited this week who is an athiest but seeking the Lord. A story of deep love.
O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
5You hem me in ”behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,
12even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
19If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
How good and pleasant it is
when we live together in unity!
2It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
3It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
1. Worship – How deep is your love ? Psalm 96: 9
It is for me critical that we take seriously the call to worship – Psalm 139 speaks about a real deep calling to deep and the call to the Lord to “search me and know my inmost thoughts” but are we really serious about this. Part of worship is a deep abandonment in love for the Lord that enables us to freely and fully follow him. To really worship for me means that there is nothing else that we focus on except the Lord. I need to ask myself on a daily basis : Am I a worshipper?
2. Recourses Esther what’s in your hand. How deep is your love?
Secondly we need to find ourselves again looking at what is in our hands as we move forward. We all have recourses which we are able to use and that the Lord has gifted us with and if we are collectively using them then the kingdom of God is being done on earth as it is in heaven. Whenever I pray the Lord’s prayer and say these words, I reflect back on whether anything actually changed in God’s kingdom on earth by me being here ?How deep the love of God and how deep is my love ? Prayer visits acts of kindness, restoring hope, justice. It’s a question that we may need to ask “ What would Jesus deconstruct and reconstruct in me?”
Live out your creative best ? Galatians 6:5
How do we submit our recourses to God ? This question allows us to look deeply into the things that God has set for us to use and unfortunately we live in a world with corruption, struggles and a huge abuse of recourses. We need to ask the question as to how to restore deep love and care.
3. Discernment/wisdom- How deep is your love?
5Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit”just as you were called to one hope when you were called” 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
I think it is critical that we begin by seeing that we need to get wisdom and understanding. The deep love of the Father is to create a space for us to sit with Him and build up our wisdom and discernment.
Remember who you are – deep love is about listening to the Lord and growing in the life of real discernment especially as we move forward.
I don’t know about you but it’s my desire to be part of an riresistible church, a church filled with deep love for a world that is crumbling. I really believe that when Jesus gave the greatest command of all it was to remind them of the power of love the Lord and Love for each other. This irressistible church needs to be revived and restored and this will only come though deep love.
We come back to the scripture from Psalm 139 – Search me O Lord and know my heart.