Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

A New Year Devotional for Worshipers

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Jesus3“…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Colossians 1:27 HCSB

While touring a Colonial reenactment site, I saw the silversmith melting silver over a small flame. He explained that he was heating the molten silver until he could see his reflection in it. At that point, he would know that he had melted away the impurities and could use it to make fine jewelry. We must allow God to melt away our impurities in the heat of his flame. Self-assessment, tested by the heat of God’s Word, helps us maintain purity—not of musical preference—but of our passion for God. When our passion for God is pure, like molten silver, our worship will reflect his image and not ours.

I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small,

Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

When I stand at the foot of the cross and I look up at Jesus—his body torn and his heart broken for my sin—a thought overwhelms me. The power of the cross goes far beyond imitation. I cannot live the Christ life by copying what Jesus might do. I must die. When self is dead, then and only then is there room for Christ in my life.

For nothing good have I

Whereby Thy grace to claim;

I’ll wash my garments white

In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.

In Christ’s death he shows me how to die for him. In his resurrection I am reborn. Once, we were worlds away from each other—I in my sin and he in his heaven. Then God came to us. The truth of his undeniable love is this: God has given Jesus for my sin, he now lives in me.

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

Lord, put to death my idolatrous ego and use me for your glory. You bought me; I am yours; take full possession. Plant yourself in the center of my heart and grow from the inside out. I surrender to you my worship preferences that have become idolatrous. Take them off the throne and take your rightful place as King. You alone are the object of my worship.   — Mark Powers

4 Hall, “Jesus Paid It All,” Public Domain.


Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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