The following is a guest post by author, Esther Lovejoy, who currently has a book out on the topic of suffering entitled, The Sweet Side of Suffering If you follow the link at the end of this post it will take you to her blog where you may read more of her writing as well as find information on her book.
The Vain Things
One of the most powerful and well-loved hymns in Christendom is “When
I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts. It’s one of the few to
survive the transition from hymnbook to power point as it ministers to a
new generation. The words of this great hymn never fail to speak to me –
to make me ask myself some serious and important questions.
Recently one of those questions has come as a result of the phrase,
“All the vain things that charm me most…” I’ve been asking God to show
me those things – to reveal to my heart the vain things that take my
time and attention away from Him. And He has done that. My list of vain
things may be different from yours, but the answer is still the same –
they need to be “sacrificed to His blood” – put in their proper place in
our lives in light of Calvary’s sacrifice.
As I get older, I sense the urgency of these days in which we live.
There isn’t time to waste on vain things, no matter how much they charm
us. When you look up “vain” in the dictionary, you see words like
“worthless,” and “useless.” It’s very possible that Isaac Watts had in
mind an older definition which implied something foolish or silly.
Listen to that line again: All the worthless and useless, the foolish
and silly things that hold my attention and affection, I sacrifice them
to His blood.
God loves to bring joy into our lives. He loves to see us enjoying
this life, and doesn’t expect us to spend every minute of it in church
with a pious, somber attitude. But the greatest joys in this life come
when we de-clutter and sacrifice “all the vain things” in order to
experience those blessings and joys that come from His hand. And how can
we not want to do that when we “survey the wondrous cross”
Thank you, Esther for sharing your words and thoughts with us.
http://viewfromthesparrowsnest.com/ - This is Esther's blog.