Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
This verse gives us an impossible command… one that no human being in all of history has been able to accomplish besides one man. No striving, no training, no discipline could possibly take our selfish humanity and turn it into a perfect display of love. But one man, whose birth, life, and death displayed sinless perfection in human flesh, showed the world how to love; His name is Jesus. We can't muster up the ability to live like Him on our own. There is, however, a way for us to live with this kind of love: through Him! As Jesus left the earth and ascended into heaven after His triumphal victory over death, He left us with the command to love the world as He loves, but He didn’t stop there… He gave us the power to do it!
Only by His power and presence can we love as He loves us. That’s one of the reasons I love worship so much. When we worship and spend time in the Lord’s presence, we realize our need for Him. When we pour out our love on Him, He gives us His love for His children. When we give Him our hearts, He places His heart in our chest. Worship provokes response. I love how The Message Bible words Ephesians 5:2. It states, “Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.” Let’s change the world by letting God’s extravagant love live through us. May our prayer be, “Let your heartbeat beat in my chest, and let your love song fill up my lungs.”
When we give Him our hearts, He places His heart in our chest. Worship provokes response.
You may have wondered why we are called Ascent Project. It’s because from the beginning we knew we wanted to be more than just a group that makes some music, puts it out for people to listen to, and that’s it. Our desire is that our worship and songs provoke a response in people and that God uses all of us as a movement of worship in action.
In just a few short weeks, the four of us along with a videographer will be taking a trip to Guatemala. We are partnering with the organization World Help to completely transform an entire village in the mountains of Guatemala. The village is called Volcancito Arriba and it is a very remote place in desperate need. The 450 people, 215 of which are children, battle malnutrition, disease, and hopelessness every day. They are all loved by the Lord and he is looking to us to step out of our comfort zones and rescue them. Simply to get water for the day, they have to walk a dangerous 1.25 mile hike through the mountains! When that water source dries up in the summer, they are forced to drink out of the nearby streams which carry dangerous toxins and diseases from coffee plantations and animal waste.
Our goal is to use our music and ministry to completely transform this village, giving them clean water, a church building, school buildings, sanitary bathrooms, a playground, and more. We’re believing big for the salvation of all 450 people there! The goal of our trip this month is to document and film this village so that everyone here can experience what we experience and we can all unite to show the love of Christ to Volcancito Arriba. We will be giving you opportunities this fall to be part of this movement!
Let’s join together and see what God can do through us when we let our worship turn into action. Let His heartbeat beat in our chest and His love song fill up our lungs!