Came from my class last night where the CEO of Christian Blind Mission did a presentation on five points his team wants the organization to believe in and head towards over the next five years. Since CBM deals with individuals that have disabilities in the poorest areas of the world, it was noted that in fact, they were working among the poorest of the poor. He took time to describe a church in downtown Toronto called, Abilities. It is a church the encourages the worship and celebration of faith to take place among all individuals. The worship leader has cerebral palsy.
How does that fit into most of our lives today?
I mean, we want to see the best looking, hear the best sounds, musicians on your mark, vocalists come with clarity – perfection, an offering worthy unto the Lord – to give Him our best.
Being a steward of life has just gotten a bit tricky.
What would I do?
We been talking about this for a while, so lets put it into practice. When God sees a person with a disability, what does He see? Ahhh, beautiful isn’t it – He sees a creation that He has created, and “it was very good.”
So is there anything to this offering up perfection and excellence to God?
Yeah, I think we talked about that a few times too. God looks at the heart, doesn’t He. We make our mistake by looking with our eyes – lets ask God for discernment and ask Him to allow us to see each others heart. The heart sacrificed to God is better than any other sacrifice – and the worship and service given from such a heart – is perfect, its excellence.
So we are encouraged to continue in the reverence of His name, His truths, His ordinances, and commandments. Let us beware of hypocrisy, and examine ourselves concerning our sinful defilements, seeking to be purified from them in the blood of Christ, and by His sanctifying Spirit. Whoever attempts to expiate his own sin, or draws near in the pride of self-righteousness, puts as great an affront on Christ, as he who comes to the Lord’s table from the gratification of sinful lusts. Nor can the minister who loves the souls of the people, suffer them to continue in this dangerous delusion. He must call upon them, not only to repent of their sins, and forsake them; but to put their whole trust in the atonement of Christ, by faith in His name, for pardon and acceptance with God; thus only will the Lord make them holy, as His own people – with no spot or blemish – perfect, excellent. Matthew Henry
- A Personal Ministry Philosophy (byfaithinchrist.wordpress.com)