As we now learn to welcome and embrace, We recognize that sin still will infect Our hearts and homes and homelands, and we face The difficulty, striving to connect What oft is torn asunder, faith and works, With faith our present work is not in vain. We serve the one who neither shuns nor shirks His sheep, and he will soon remove the stain Of sin, for he in justice shall return, And all that now is wrong he will set right. We wait and hope, our hearts within us burn- ing for the dawn’s approach, the end of night. All our division then will be undone, The broken brought together by the Son.
We live in a culture of busy Christians. I read stories of the stresses of pastoral ministry driving pastors away from the church and into sinful lifestyles. I hear the struggles of my fellow seminarians as they attempt to juggle the demands of school and ministry and work, often walking the edge of burnout as they long for rest. I understand the weight of many responsibilities, often feeling both burdened by the load yet unable to slow down. We whose lives are marked by busyness would do well to remind ourselves of Jesus’s words on the subject of obedience.
Success is measured not in thought alone,
Nor victory in mind’s imagining.
Accomplishment is not emotion shown.
Fulfillment ne’er forsakes the offering.
But faith is evidenced by faithful deeds,
By empty pockets and by calloused hands.
It proves itself in prayer, in meeting needs,
In bringing light and love to darkened lands.
It stands against this present apathy
And challenges the heart of selfishness.
If Christ was crushed for sin instead of me,
Then let me never speak but to confess.
True faith compels me to apply the Word
And testify to Christ till all have heard.