Calculated Efforts

I ran across this in “Christ-Centered Worship” by Bryan Chappell this morning…needless to say this will be making it’s way into a worship service very soon, but I wanted to share it with you for your meditation, I hope it convicts you as much as it did me:

You asked me for my hands, that you might use them for your purpose.  I gave them for a moment, then withdrew them, for the work was hard.
You asked for my mouth to speak out against injustice. I gave you a whisper that I might not be accursed.
You asked for my eyes to see the pain of poverty. I closed them, for I did not want to see.
You asked for my life that you might work through me. I gave a small part, that I might not get too involved.
Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you – only when it is convenient for me to do so,
only in those places where it is safe to do so
and only with those who make it easy to do so.
Father, forgive me, renew me, send me out as a usable instrument,
that I might take seriously the meaning of your cross.

(a contemporary confession of sin from the Worship Sourcebook #35, p.98)


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