We sang Jordan Kauflin’s All I Have is Christ during church this morning. As I pondered the words we sang, I couldn’t help but acknowledge that the rich truths behind these lyrics are the essence of why we gather each Sunday as a fellowship of believers. We gather together to bring glory and honor to the one who bore God’s wrath against sin in our place, rescued us out of darkness and rebellion, and purposed to use us for His Kingdom and glory. What a beautiful, glorious thing to have Christ. It makes life worth living even in the midst of pain and suffering.
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ,
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!
Please be in prayer for our friend Nathan today. Nathan and Sarah are seminary friends we met shortly after moving to Louisville. Nathan is in his early thirties and is the mission’s pastor for Sojourn, a large church here in town. Doctors have recently discovered testicular cancer that has spread to several places in Nathan’s body. He also has several blood clots that are causing terrible pain and complications. Today around 1, he will be having surgery in an effort to remove some of the blood clots and relieve some of his pain. The doctors are not sure how successful this surgery will be. Please pray for a successful surgery today as well as total healing for Nathan’s body. Pray also for strength and grace for Nathan and Sarah as they walk through some deep suffering. You can read about their journey here.
Happy Monday to all! May your only boast be in Him.