I had a dear friend visiting this past weekend. The kind of friend that loves the good, the bad, and the ugly. For the past 18 years she’s seen plenty of my ugly … and she still comes back to visit. Hallelujah. True friendship I tell ya. On Saturday morning we went for a glorious walk and discussed life. Topics included the changes we have endured this past year, the joys that we are still celebrating and, we talked in depth about where we feel like God is calling us next.
Fast forward to Sunday morning …
Come, they told me.
To honor him.
I have no gifts to bring, that’s fit to give a king.
Shall I play for you?
I played my best for him.
Then, he smiled at me.
For the first time in my life, I actually “heard” the song this weekend. I was almost embarrassed as I cried in the 3rd row. Perhaps it was that soul-feeding walk that spurred on these feelings. The truth is, I’ve been torn lately; feeling unsure about what I am supposed to be doing right now. I’m not feeling very equipped. And I certainly don’t feel able. I am unsettled.
The words spoke incredible grace to me. The kind of grace that allows me to approach his throne with gifts not fit for a king. They were never meant to be in my hands, kept for my purposes. My gifts are to be presented to the king daily because in his hands, he makes my gifts beautiful and qualified; displaying his glory. And while I am not saved because of what I do, I feel compelled by his unconditional love to play my best for him. His great love provides hope. And purpose. It is this love that while in my imperfection, my missed notes and poorly kept rhythm, he smiles at me. He delights in my offering.
I never noticed how simply this song lays out the Gospel…
Come to him.
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1 Peter 3:15-16 – Instead, you must honor Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Recognize that I alone am imperfect and unable.
Romans 8:3 -The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Do not use my gifts for status in this world. God is my audience.
Colossians 3:23-24 – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ
While I cannot earn his love and grace, I can play my best for him; a response to that love.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Believe in his love and his delight over me.
Psalm 149:4-5 – For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
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Who knew that I’d identify so closely with the little drummer boy. Feeling inadequate, he approached the throne and experienced God’s grace and love. I, too, can approach the throne and receive God’s best. When I get caught up in the what now? How? I don’t have what it takes … I simply need to start at the beginning.
“Come … ”
Have a blessed Christmas season.