It’s one of those times where worship at church has stayed with me throughout the days that have followed. Paul Baloche’s What Can I Do permeates my thoughts today, and is hitting me close to the core.
What can I do but thank you
What can I do but give my life to You
What can I do but praise you
Everyday make everything I do a hallelujah
A hallelujah, hallelujah
I keep grazing over, “Everyday make everything I do a hallelujah.” How does one go about doing that exactly? How can I look back at 2013 and emphatically say that everything I did this past year was a “hallelujah”—a praise to my Father?
One word: Jesus.
Looking at His life here on this earth, we can see how every word He spoke, every person He delivered and how every life He changed was simply put, a Hallelujah, to His Father. The Father said as such in Matthew 3:17, “And a voice from heaven said, This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased.”
Living like Jesus is how we make everything a hallelujah. Year after year, that should be our one and only resolution. Period.
Living in love. Living in truth. Living in the knowledge and the revelation that Jesus alone saves, heals and delivers. Living all of that OUT LOUD for all to see.
Instead, we (myself included) all jump on the societal bandwagon, and put fitness goals and other vacuous desires ahead of our Father’s interests.
Everything else takes priority, and He gets short shrift.
How often is our new year’s resolution to become closer with Christ? To hear His voice? To seek Him to the point where we forsake all other vain pursuits?
Keeping up with the Kardashians, instead of keeping up with our Savior.
When we put our Father’s work first, we honor Him. When we get down to the business of saving lives, we praise Him and acknowledge that He is the only source of hope, salvation and deliverance.
I fear that for my whole life, I have put barrier after barrier ahead of seeking Him first. Even after He promised me, “Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you”.
What happens when you seek “these things” (boys, looks, fame, success) first, rather than the “kingdom of God”?
Heartache, body issues, disappointment and feelings of failure.
Where are the hallelujahs at that point? When we are so mired in pain, it feels too heavy, too hard to praise Him.
While it’s never too late to scream “hallelujah” when things are falling apart, couldn’t some of this pain have been avoided, if we had just made everything a hallelujah to begin with, at the very start?
Make everything you do a hallelujah. Make everything you do about the kingdom of God.
Even when there are tears, even when there is rejection, this year and every year, make everything you do all about Jesus.
He saves, He lives, He’s yours.