Monday, December 14, 2015

Incline Our Hearts to Christ

I read these words last night: "In our heart [which includes mind, emotions and will], there are two parts --- understanding and inclination. By inclination we mean that in every human heart there is an instinctive ability to like or dislike something, and to assess its worth. And so our hearts are like heat-seeking missiles, always looking to lock on to whatever they perceive to be excellent. The trouble is, of course, that fallen human hearts naturally lock on to things which are not excellent (such as self-glory) or on to things which are good in and of themselves, but not good if they become ultimate things (such as family or career or ministry). In other words, as John Calvin put it memorably, 'Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.' What we need is to see the supreme worth of Jesus Christ, and for our hearts to lock on to Him."
With that in mind I wrote these words to the tune of the song, "May the Mind of Christ my Savior":
Seeing Christ we see the Father,
He makes known what God is like.
In our Lord there was no darkness, 
only love and light.
God is just and He is holy,
but He makes for us a way,
so that we can be forgiven,
ready for that Day.
Have no fear about your Father,
Christ has shown God's gracious heart.
Dying in the place of sinners,
grace and peace imparts.
Matchless is the name of Jesus,
what to Him can we compare?
He is One with God the Father,
and His glory shares.
All is loss compared with Jesus,
Maker of the heav'ns and earth.
And all creatures show, but falter,
His surpassing worth.
Jesus, how shall we not love You,
and Your beauty, not desire?
Take our cold and listless spirits,
breathe a holy fire.
With the gift of Your forgiveness,
teach us, Lord, Your name to fear.
Love and rev'rence in us mingling,
and Your presence near.
Triune God, in You no shadow,
Yours is all the exc'llency.
You're the fount of every blessing,
that will ever be.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Share This