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Lord, You Know I Love You

The Apostle Peter is one that lots of us admit sadly is most like we would be.  Very enthusiastic in our zeal but not always accurate in our perception.  Peter really loved Jesus but he had real difficulty putting his desires to the side to allow Jesus to be truly Lord of his life.  Peter received the strongest reprimand in Scripture from Jesus of any man that Jesus addressed.

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Mark 8:31-33).

Peter knew his desires for Jesus to be successful.  He was not wrong in the desire. He was wrong in seeking to impose His preferences over God’s will and God’s ways.  In truth, are we not often guilty of that same sin?  Do we not want the Lord to do what we desire versus us pleasing Him through our submission to His will?  It was Jesus that said we needed to be like a little child to enter the Kingdom….open, honest, sincere, and obedient……

The story is told of a pastor of a large church who had a dream one night that really opened his eyes. He dreamed that he could see his own church worship service on Sunday morning. But there was something very strange happening.

The choir was singing. The mouths of the choir members were open……but no sound was heard.
The people in the congregation were singing. But there was nothing from their mouths, either.
The preacher himself got up to preach his typical Sunday sermon. He opened his mouth to preach…..but nothing came out.  There was absolutely no sound at all in the entire worship center. Then, the pastor saw a little girl up in the balcony and heard her little voice singing very clearly, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

The pastor was confused and suddenly woke up.  “Lord, what was I dreaming? It doesn’t make sense to me.” He asked.

The Lord’s Spirit convicted him, “Pastor, you just saw a picture of what I see in your ministry and in your church every Sunday morning. People are singing and you are preaching…….but I hear nothing. Your heart is not focused on me. You are focused on yourself. The congregation and choir are focused on themselves. The only one I heard in your church last Sunday was the little girl in the balcony who was very insignificant among all of the people in your church. But she matters to me……because she came to church today with the right motive: to love me sincerely from her heart!”

What if Jesus showed you a dream of your church? Whose heart would be truly focused on the Lord?  Who would be the “first” to submit in humility, repentance and obedience?  (copied).