Sunday, October 23, 2011

In Christ Alone

I am ALWAYS so thankful we get ourselves out of bed and to church on Sunday mornings.  I never leave my church without being challenged and blessed at the same time.  Today was no different.

It started with our song service.  The song "In Christ Alone" has been coming up in my life this last week a lot.  It started when I heard the Getty's on Chris Fabre LiveKristen Getty sang that song and of course, it made me think and it made me cry.

We sang this song this morning along with "I'll Fly Away" and a few other songs.  Betsy Walker also sang some amazing songs.  If you haven't checked her out - you should!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

Not only did Jesus come to give us eternal life but he came that we might have it more abundantly.   And not abundantly as in the worldly terms such as wealth and prestige, but life as God lives it.

"The Greek word Jesus uses in John 10:10 to describe the kind of life He came to teach His disciples is perissón, meaning "superabundant," "superfluous," "overflowing," "over and above a certain quantity," "a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate." In short, He promises us a life far better than we could ever envision, reminiscent of I Corinthians 2:9, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (see Isaiah 64:4). Paul informs us that God "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20)."  -Source
Way too many times I set my eyes on what is seen instead of what is unseen.  I look around my house and see all I have to do.  I look around the world and see the plight of the hungry, the poor, the downtrodden, the weary and the weak.  
What I need to remember is that I have faith.  I have faith that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.  I have faith that Jesus saved me.  I have faith that Jesus can accomplish the impossible.  When we look around and see so much that needs to be done we think it is impossible, but with Jesus all things are possible.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”   Matthew 18:26

When I think I cannot do one more thing.  When I think all hope is lost.  When nothing seems to be going right and all that I do fails - I have to remember that of my own strength I can do nothing, but with God all things are possible.

Lord, let me remember this as I go about my week and in the weeks to come.


  1. Thank you, Gretchen, for sharing your service. Yet another reason why you are fabulous. We are HUGE Getty fans. Last July Brian was at a worship leader's conference in KC and Kristyn sang "Happy Birthday" to him. He has it on video! The highlight of his year!

  2. @Lynn Berns
    Wow! That is crazy and awesome. I love, love, love her voice. It is just amazing and especially in this song. Miss you all!

  3. I've been blessed to see Keith & Kristyn Getty twice. Once at True Woman 2010 and again at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Both times were such a huge time of worship and I walked away renewed in spirit and ready to face the world.

  4. Your last paragraph, "When I think that I cannot do...", touched me so; it brought me to tears. You know it seems like such a simple message, such a simple thing to remember... but it always seems to be one of the things I keep forgetting.... And now once again I am reminded of this simple but SO powerful message when I needed it the most. Thank you!

  5. @Anonymous
    I am hoping to see them this December when they come to our town.

  6. @Anonymous
    Thank you so much for sharing this comment with me. It means so much that my simple words helped someone. It is a message I forget so many times as well.


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