As many of you know who follow this blog, Christ Community Worship will release its first CD this Sunday. We will have a celebration event to praise God for what He has done in and through this project. We will also ask God to use it for His glory and the spreading of the gospel. I won’t talk about the event more here. If you want more information, go to the CCW Facebook page (like us on Facebook!) or the CCW website.
The project was a long journey. It started with some music. It involved the suggestions, encouragement, and vision of several people. Then, add in the gifts and talents of many others, who have a heart for God and a desire to use these gifts for the glory of God and to tell of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Generosity of time, resources, and money also helped pave the way. Then, there was the work of getting the project completed. Hundreds, and probably thousands, of combined hours of work went into the completion of the project.
And it was work. I must confess, there were times when I wanted to be done with it. If I heard my voice one more time, I thought I would scream. Every glitch and variance would stand out to me. There were times that it was not an enjoyable experience. Then, there times when I would stand back in disbelief at what God had done and was doing through the process. I still can’t believe we have come to this point. Amazing!
The times that were not enjoyable were mostly those times when I think I was focused on the wrong things. And there were plenty of opportunities for me to focus on the wrong things. It’s funny. So many of the lyrics of the songs were speaking to me what I needed to hear, if I would have been listening. But along the way, there were times when I was listening for the wrong things. I would focus my physical and emotional energy on miniscule details that were far less important than what I could have been doing. Loving God. Serving and loving those I was called to serve and love. Praying for God to work in and bless their lives. Trusting God to accomplish His perfect will in our lives and in our ministry. Loving God (yes, I meant to say it twice).
The marvelous thing, though, is that God can take all of our successes and failures and weave them into something beautiful. There is no such thing as a lost cause or moving beyond the love and reach of God. God takes us where we are and works in us to complete the journey He has for us. He will make us complete. He will fulfill His purpose in us. He will bring us into glory.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
We press on, but God is the one Who molds and shapes us into the image of His Son. He is the one Who works in us and through us to accomplish His purpose, for His glory, and for our joy. I have a lot of molding and refining that still needs to take place in my life. I saw glimpses of this over and over during this process. I am thankful for that. For while it reveals my flaws and weaknesses, it reveals the great mercy and grace of our God and Savior.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Together for His glory…