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.

Luminescent (Hebrews 1:3)

The glory of God is shined out in the Son:
The radiant light of the Magnificent,
The stamp of His substance, both separate but one,
The image and mold, and the Molder who’s sent.

He carries the world in the laws He decreed.
The physical, moral, and mental He made.
The breaking of law which is sin, perfidy,
By Him He made purification – all paid.

He sits now in honor, with God in the heights,
Thus taking up office as ruler of all,
A priest now forever. On Him fix your sights,
Oh! Trust Him and follow with faith when He calls.