Sandra, Daniel, Angela, Eunice, Judy, and I are in Atlanta for RZIM’s Summer Institute this week. I’ll share more about this later this week. But something struck me during service this morning as songwriter, Matt Redman, led worship.
He has a new cd that is being released this week, Unbroken Praise, that was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London. The album cover is inspired by the white wall outside the studios, where anyone can sign their names or write a note on it … and tons of people have done it over the decades. The wall is cleaned and/or repainted consistently, making it white again before more people write on it. It used to be cleaned every 6 – 8 weeks, but now must be cleaned weekly due to neighbors complaints. But the studios still encourage people to do it and are willing to keep cleaning it. Now that’s commitment.
I couldn’t help but realize afresh how persistent, committed, and complete God’s forgiveness of sins is, washing our sins once and for all at the cross, so that our “walls” will perpetually be “white” before the throne of God. But what also amazed me anew is how committed and patient God is in persistently washing our souls afresh each day with the blood Jesus spilled 2000 years ago, as we continue to “mark” our souls afresh each day (though decreasingly so!).
Isaiah 1:18 declares, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” What a promise. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Jesus is Life!
As you embark on a new week, go and live hard for the Lord! Be daring. Be courageous. Be biblical. Be obedient. And as you do, know that your Savior is right there, ready to continue to clean your soul and to work on completing the good work that He began in you the day you surrendered your life to Him!
Each light bulb you see on the sign represents the new life of new believers in Jesus at the church. Each bulb is signed by the new believer and placed in the socket.
May we do our part to bring the life and light of Jesus to our world.