Recently while watching the news about a tragedy that had taken place in our country, a young woman was talking about forgiveness in the midst of this storm.
A commentator then followed up with his opinion about the subject of forgiveness and God. Unfortunately, his comments were not encouraging nor did they reflect the gospel of Christ. I found myself standing in front of the TV screen saying,
“Jesus, I’m so sorry people say things about you that are not true.”
I must confess that I am usually more concerned about Jesus caring for me than me caring for Him. But that day I experienced something different. I couldn’t ignore what was said. Like a true nurturer, I genuinely wanted Jesus to know that I cared about His heart, and as a daughter of the King, I rose up inside as a defender of His name. We have never seen our world so broken as it is now, and our only hope is Jesus! But that’s the good news – He is our hope and we are His voice in the earth!
We can care for Jesus in many ways, but personally I feel that I nurture the heart of God best through worship. This is how we come into His presence – through thanksgiving and praise because that is how the Lord likes us coming to Him. I want Him to hear that I’m thankful. I want to bless Him because He blesses me! I want to remind Him of His promises because I believe He loves to hear me confirm my trust in Him. I want His heart full of my praise!
Hebrews 13:15 says: Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
How do I show Jesus that I care about Him?
We all know how it feels when the ones we love are attacked or talked about in a negative way. It causes us to rise up and say “No, that is not true! I know him or her and that’s not who they are!" If I can care for a human being that way, then how much more should I be able to do the same for the one who died for me?
Although Jesus isn’t taken by surprise when He’s falsely accused or He’s misinterpreted, still we bear His name, and we know His heart! Who better than His children to speak in His behalf, and who better than His children to be able to live out what we speak?
I Peter 3:15 says: But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
It’s a humbling thing to belong to such a wonderful holy God. When I think of how He desires for me to love Him and how He freely offers to protect and defend me, I realize how much value He’s added to my life. No one has ever loved me like Jesus has loved me.
So today I choose to be a thankful woman of God. Jesus, I’m proud of You, and I thank You for dying for me. Help me to be ready to speak Truth in love to all those who ask about the hope within me, and I will do it with gentleness and respect.
I care about You, Jesus - I care about Your name, and I care about Your heart.
Susie Merrick is the wife of Garth Merrick. They have been married for 39 years and they have 4 children – Tyler, Noelle, Sloane and Teel. Their lovely spouses are Taylor Merrick, Ben Kilgore and Kadee Merrick. They have 7 grandchildren – 5 girls and 2 boys. Her family is her passion, and her reason for that is Jesus. Cooking, and serving up beautiful food at big tables with lots of laughter is the way she nurtures those she loves, and her kitchen is always open! Her life group called Nurture is now going on its 12th year. She’s part of the Worship Team at Trinity and helps with the creative arts in our weekend services.