Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: April 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who is Qualified to Serve

Today someone asked me, "When we feel like we are not qualified to serve the Lord, is it really true or is it an attack from the enemy?"

Reflecting on that question, based on the Bible and my own experience serving the Lord Jesus full-time, I can only tell her, "It's true but that fact may also be misused by the enemy."

serving by grace

No one is qualified to serve the Lord because there is only one Person who can be well-pleasing to the Father, that is the Son Himself. However to this day, many have served the Lord and ministered to Him because "grace and reality came through Jesus Christ."

In other words, Christ Himself has become the grace to be enjoyed and experienced by us as well as all the reality of who the Triune God is and can be to us. Christ has become the secret to empower us to do all things in Him. Of course, the "all things" here pertains to everything that is aligned to the Father's perfect will.

The enemy uses the fact that we are not qualified to serve so that we would give up on finding grace, give up on subjectively experiencing Christ as everything to us in our life and service. We have to realize that when we give up on finding Christ as grace, we will only be left with our own condition. When we give up on experiencing the practical Christ daily, we will be stuck in our pitiful state.

The way to experience Christ daily is by turning to our spirit who has been joined to the Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). One simple way to turn is by calling on His name, "O Lord Jesus, how I need You today. Cause me to love You more."

1 Corinthians 15:10 says,
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Love Letters

About four years ago, I lived with a house full of pursuing Christian girls who gave themselves to love the Lord and poured out their youth upon Him to gain more Christ. The lyrics of this song were co-written by all of us in light of our experiences with Christ and in Christ during those precious two years of our lives. The stanzas of this song are our love letters to the Lord Jesus.

love letters

Note: The tune of the song is from a popular song with the same title, "Jesus, What a Wonder You Are." 
The first stanza is from the original song.

Jesus, What a Wonder You Are

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
You are so gentle, so pure, and so kind.
You shine like the bright morning star.
You are so wonderful, what a Wonder You are.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
You are our Dwelling Place and our Resting Place. 
We are in You and You are in us:
A mutual Indwelling, What a Wonder You are.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
You are building us into the Triune God.
The infrastructure of the Triune God,
We are now part of it, the Building of God.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
You are the Way, Resurrection, and Life.
As long as we take You as our Person and Life,
Wherever we may go, we will have the Way.

Jesus, What a Wonder You are.
You are our Leader and our Savior today.
You are the Fighting One and the Absolute One.
We give ourselves to be, one spirit with You.

Jesus, You’re the most precious One.
You are so lovely, You’ve captured our hearts.
We pour our alabaster flask upon You.
We’re wasted upon You for Your satisfaction.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
You came to woo us by drawing us near.
We cannot help but falling in love with You.
You are so wonderful, what a Wonder You are.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
Hidden in all of our situations.
We may not understand Your mysterious ways,
But gain our trust through the course of each day.

Jesus, what a Wonder You are.
We’ve seen Your preciousness and our hearts are won. 
Keep us calling on Your precious Name.
Jesus, what a wonder You are.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Christ Has a Need

Christ has a need

Have you thought about the divine romance
That your Maker is your Husband
That He formed you with a deep intent of love?

Even though we fell away so far...
But our God has covenanted to gain His bride.

Being saved is not enough;
We must match Him in every way.
Loving Him is not enough;
But also His appearing!

Christ is longing for His counterpart.
What must you and I then do?
Will we only care for ourselves?
Will we only love selfishly?
Our Christ has a need.

As we speak to Him we come to realize
That our Maker is our Husband.
We sense His heart and His deep intent of love.

Conversations with our lovely Groom,
Time spent in His presence dear
Bring us into this divine romance
'Till we echo with our whole being:
Our Christ has a need.

By: Simply Katherine & Rebs C.