Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Recklessly Abandoned

From the Heart of Abigail Joy
Completely surrendered to God…craving the truth…aching for excitement to overwhelm the heart. Why do we grow weak and irritated? When does the word become the good news of great apathy? What does it take to reignite the drive and passion that God intended us to live each day with?
So often we wake up and get pulled into the daily routines and agendas of our everyday lives. We go through the motions, checking off the list, getting things done—then before you know it our head is hitting the pillow—we wake and do it all over again the next day.  We may be spending a quantity of time with our God but is it quality time? Somewhere through monotony we lose the spark. I believe God can use us wherever He may place us for such a time—but if we are not intentional about living in the moment for Him—who do we end up serving? Remember.
Tonight at Church, as friends, we broke bread and gave communion. Together we remembered the generous love of our Savior. We remembered His selfless act…He had to die in order for us to gain life…His scarred hands….the bloodshed…the love poured out…we gave thanks and worshipped.
To worship: to kiss the face of God. Offering thanksgiving...lifting songs of praise… worship. I want to sing. I want the great joy to accompany the good news!! Jesus is alive. Our Savior is here.
“Extravagant worship leads to extreme reactions”—Pastor Daddy
I want to be like Mary (John 12 NASB)
Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. 7 Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
…completely abandoning myself to Jesus…offering her most valuable item. She let go. Broke the rules. Ignored the criticism. She didn’t do enough to just get by…
Give it your all…cherish…surrender…pour out your praise!! It is time to reignite the passion. Now begin to give the One who gave us time, quality time…break the routines...crush apathy...give thanks and remember.

“I want to live like that and give it all I have, so that everything I say and do points to You! If LOVE is who I am, then this is where I’ll stand…Recklessly abandoned—never holding back—I want to live like that!”

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