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beauty and passion…

Beauty… passion…
I saw… both… at the symphony on Sunday…

The beauty of many…
coming together as one…

Every member…
under the direction of one…
each with a different instrument…
a different role…

Beautiful…

It gave me just a glimpse… an idea…
of what the church could be…
if we all came under One…
and followed the same score…

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body —
Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made
to drink of one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV

An orchestra…
bringing great beauty…
because they all had the same purpose…
the same focus…

What beauty could the church bring…? into a dark…? corrupt…? world…? If we all surrendered to the Spirit…? came under the authority of the Father…? followed the Son…?

And passion…

A guest cellist…
playing her instrument…
with passion…
intensity…

She knew her music…
no score before her…
it was in her heart…
her soul…

In her… I saw… the kind of passion I want for His Word…
to know it…
for it to flow from me…
heart… soul…

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
Psalm 119:2-3 ESV

Beauty… passion…
both elements the church should pour forth…

Why don’t we…?
what are we missing…?

Lord… stir the hearts of Your people…
remind us… me… of the beauty… passion…
Your people should bring into the world…
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; 
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness,
tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1-9 ESV

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