On a Wednesday night our band practice devotions are provided by one of the band. A few weeks ago Marjory Watson provided devotions. We’d like to share these with you today.
This summer a production of My Fair Lady is playing at the London Coliseum. It’s a well known story about a cockney flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) who takes speech lessons to enable her to pass as a proper lady.
During the show Freddy Eynsford-Hill tells Eliza how much he loves her and she responds with the song ‘Show Me’.
Here are some lyrics from the song:
𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴! 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴! 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴!
𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘰 𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴!
𝘐 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩;
𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘪𝘮, 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶!
𝘐𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰?
𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴
𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦,
𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦
𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦.
𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘷𝘰𝘸.
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸!
𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨!
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘳𝘩𝘺𝘮𝘦!
𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦,
Basically she’s telling him that she’s heard enough words and if he really loves her then show it!
I’m sure there have been times in all of our lives where we’ve had similar experiences (maybe in a different context) when something has been said, a statement has been made, and the related actions don’t match up.
As Christians, it’s an easy trap to fall into. We talk a lot of ‘words, words, words’ but what do they mean? Do our lives reflect our words? We sing songs like ‘Lord, You Know That We Love You’ or ‘To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me’ and sometimes it’s no more than empty words which have no real impact and result in no real change.
𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩.
And Jesus reiterated these words in 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝟭𝟮:𝟮𝟴-𝟯𝟭:
𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘥𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳, 𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘮, “𝘖𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵?” “𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘦,” 𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴, “𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴: ‘𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘳, 𝘖 𝘐𝘴𝘳𝘢𝘦𝘭: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦. 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩’ 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴: ’𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧.’ 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦.
The challenge of ‘show me’ will mean different things for all of us but if our confession of love for God doesn’t bring about change within us, or they way we interact with others, or the way we deal with situations, then our words become empty and meaningless. To love the Lord our God with ‘our all’ should affect ‘our all’.
I am grateful that God sees past our weaknesses and shows His love for us in a way that is clear and unquestioning.
Lord, help me to be like you.
𝘔𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘮𝘺 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘳.
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