Monday, October 06, 2008

Give Me Jesus

Well, what a precious Lord's Day we had yesterday. We had a guest speaker , a young man who comes to minister the Word to us from time to time. He's not a minister, but a school teacher who has been gifted by the Lord to preach. So, he spent the day with us and we were blessed as usual. This is going to be an American Dream post, but you may find it to be a rather unusual one.

I really wanted to post about this today, because of what was said in both of those sermons. He mentioned the election and the condition of our country several times. The things he said really hit home with me. You see, I think I told you before that I tend to get a bit fretful about these things. That's why I'm so glad Mr. X. reminded us of something that's at the core of our existence as Christians: We must not depend on any man or any political party to rescue this troubled world. This country, this world, needs Jesus. I was thinking as I was sitting there that yes, I'll go vote for someone next month, but I won't be looking to that person to save our country. We must never forget that no matter who it is, it will be a sinner and we're going to be disappointed in one way or another before we know it, even if it's the one we vote for. No, I'll be looking to Jesus to help me in this sad state of affairs. Now, we'll do our best to get in someone who has some semblance of integrity and character and right views on the issues, but he 'll never measure up altogether. So, I'll keep looking past that person to Jesus.

In the evening message Mr. X. said that we don't need Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or Obama, or McCain. We need Jesus. In the days ahead, I'm pretty sure I'll remember his words and it will settle me. And as he said that, this song started echoing in my mind. I went to YouTube to find a video of it (there are many) and this one grabbed me. At first I thought it didn't fit, but for some reason I have the sense that the Lord would have me post it. Maybe the reason is that we need to look at the faces here and that may help us put this threat of the loss of our economic god in right perspective.

"You can have all this world, but give me Jesus."


Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Thank you Maxine for sharing that very moving song and video.

Who else do we have in heaven and earth? Who else do we need? Jesus. It's all about Him. It's all about our Savior.

Grounded firm and deep in my Savior's love,

Cathy said...

Amen, Maxine! That beautiful video really touched me. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Thanks for this post.

The Nguyen Family said...

Thank you for your encouraging words in these unsettling times! Everyday at work or somewhere you keep hearing who is to blame for this or that. And not to mention who is the right person for the job. But at the end of the day God is Soveregin and In Control!! Man will always fail us, but God will not! May we as a Nation return to the One who is always faithful even when we are not!

Sara said...

Oh, I LOVE that song! Thank you so much for posting it. I was really encouraged by the sermons yesterday as well. Lately I have been getting very fearful about the future of this country. It is such a comfort to know that no matter who gets into office, I can look to the Lord for strength. You are right- no person, no matter how Godly, can ever fill that place that Jesus can.

Beverly said...

Yes, this is one of my favorite songs - I used to sing it to Lena often. I like to insert my own words into the song - because "Give Me Jesus" can be applied to any situation.

Bethany said...

I have an award for you over at my blog!

Janet said...

Thank you so much for posting that, Maxine. That was such a beautiful version of that song, and a very touching video.