Corporate Holiness

That spark of light, or fitful flash of flame,
When it ignites, a room of dark is tamed.
And Christian faith – illumined by God’s word,
Has power to stay God’s wrath when it is stirred.
For even Lot – called holy by the Lord,
In Sodom brought delay of judgment’s sword.
For by that man who looks to God in faith,
Jehovah’s hand of wrath is held in place.
The children of that man are holy then,
To God above, and are brought close to Him.
As holy, then, salvation not declared,
But close to Him and of His people there.
This is the place where sinful man comes clean:
Jehovah’s grace which flows from you and me.
Do not take lightly what’s been given you,
This holy light which in your life shines through.
It pushes back the darkness of our sin.
Do not be lax but take advantage then,
Of this great might – God’s holiness endued,
Ignite that light in those most close to you.

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Work: An Overview

“An honest man’s the noblest work of God,”
And honest work reflects the heart of God.
For God Himself began the first to work,
When ex nihilo He designed the earth.
United was the Godhead in this task,
Both in the work and in the rest at last.
And man himself was tasked with holy work,
A servant of the Lord of highest worth,
And as a steward of the world God made,
Was called to tend, subdue, to prune, and name.
Though now he works in pain, and thorns, and sweat,
And toils in the soil to be fed.
So when you work with tears and aching hands,
Remember: God created work for man.
The curse is in the pain, not in the task.
Though work endures, the sorrow soon will pass.
And dignity is born in honest work,
Though blue or white, though clean or cleaning dirt.
And work is needful if you want to eat,
And resting too, as God Himself decreed.
So work as though for God, in excellence,
For men like that will work for presidents.
Yet in this world, your work will weary be,
And you will break in your mortality.
For you can never work in your own might,
But come to Christ, because His yoke is light.
The heavy-laden, weary human soul,
In work for Christ will find their rest made whole.

Absolute Authority (Hebrews 2:5-9)

As glorious as flaming angels are,
Was anything entrusted unto them?
God did not let them rule a single star,
But gave the world as the domain of men.
And Jesus Christ claims all authority,
And He redeemed His people from their plight.
Though He descended to mortality,
He’s now exalted, given His birth-right.
And absolute His power now holds sway,
And nothing is exempted from His reign,
Though you may never see it in your day,
Until that time when heaven’s shores we gain.
Have faith – the substance of the things not seen –
And you’ll be given this all-mighty King!