Saturday, August 21, 2021

Exactly Where We Are

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
 let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
 and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
  2looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, 
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, 
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I was convicted by the testimony from a suffering Christian in Afghanistan
who has committed to stay, even if granted the opportunity to leave,
 lest a soul could potentially be witnessed to
that might be lost eternally because they have not yet come to saving faith!
Oh, that we would all have such a commitment of faithfulness to our calling 
and such love for fellowman, exactly where we are!

Lord, be in us a Light so we may be a shining star
Help us be faithful in the fight exactly where we are

So many ways to spend our days and entertain a thought
Lord, keen in us conviction’s blaze to love the things we ought

…to be compassionate and kind; not bent on selfish quest
But ever keeping first in mind our mission and its test

We are all called to fight the fight until Death’s lowered bar
Then help us be a faithful Light exactly where we are

For we are encompassed by a great cloud of witnesses
Lord, help us throw off all that hinders and entangles us

Instill in us pure purpose as we seek to fix our eyes
On the joy set before us, ever pressing to its Prize

Time, like a spark that upward flies soon disappears from sight
Lord, help us be prudent and wise as we redeem its flight 

Then, fitted by Your Word let us not dread love's battle-scar
But help us to be faithful Lord, exactly where we are

© Janet Martin

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