In a recent blog, I mentioned the rhythmic cadence of the Christian life. This is easily heard in the metronome of Ecclesiastes where Solomon counts the time for us: “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).”
In John 12:23-26, we find the secret to this rhythm is dying to live. Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”
You may not realize it, but there is a good chance that your morning routine is already reflecting this principle. Each morning, you take off your nighttime clothes and put on your daytime clothes. This is the rhythm Paul has in mind when he says, you are to, “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).”
There is also a rhythm to life when it comes to your goals: Greatness is achieved through service. In Mark 10:42-45: Jesus said to the disciples, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and their men of high positions exercise power over them. But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”
As you consider the rhythm of life, I encourage you to notice the cause and effect relationship of the word “come” in Psalm 95: “Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord, and shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. The depths of the earth are in His hand, and the mountain peaks are His. The sea is His; He made it. His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care.”
Here’s a thought to keep you thinking: When you come to Him and confess, you’ll receive the power you need to go and profess.