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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Living for Jesus

By Ken Horn
July 13, 2014

Have you ever awakened with a song on your mind? One morning a few weeks ago I woke up with an old hymn rolling around in my head. I sang “Living for Jesus” silently all day, just the first verse and chorus. Strange, because it had probably been years since I had heard it.

But I was reminded of the song’s powerful, truth-filled lyrics. All day I sang the following words in my heart, while reaffirming them in my head:

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement,
Didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master,
My heart shall be Thy throne,
My life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for Thee alone.

These anointed words came out of nowhere, remembered verbatim. It made me realize how valuable and enduring are words of heartfelt commitment to Jesus Christ. When we sing hymns like this it calls us once again to that place of deeper commitment, from which we sometimes slip during the hustle of a busy or trying week.

We need to be challenged like that. And we need to verbalize that commitment often.

Several years ago I co-compiled and edited a book with Dr. James O. Davis, titled Living Like Jesus. In the foreword, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, wrote: “Christianity is not what I do for Christ, but what I allow Him to do through me. ... He is the only one who deserves our unyielding, unswerving devotion, every day for the rest of our lives.”

Living for Jesus really means living like Jesus.

Most of us have occasionally had difficulty getting some silly tune out of our heads. It’s a good thing to have that happen with power-packed, Bible-backed songs that remind us to live for and like Jesus.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV).

Try it. It’s good for you!

Ken Horn

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