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NOT WORTH MUCH…

NOT WORTH MUCH…

According to the world

Some of us aren’t worth much…*

Compared to popular culture,

Politicians and such.

We may be “the least of these”**

In what we have to say…

A few stalwarts in spite of this

Refuse to turn away.

We share ourselves with any

Who would take up their cross…***

And follow our Messiah

Even though they suffer loss.****

We preach Christ crucified*****

And then brought back to life…

Is it wonder the world hates us,

Coming down on us with strife?

–Jonathan Caswell

* 1st Corinthians 1: 25-27

** Matthew 25:40

*** Luke 9:23

**** 1st Corinthians 3: 12-15

***** 1st Corinthians 15: 3-4

AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU

AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU

(1st Corinthians 6:8-20)

 

Easier to ignore God’s word,

Than to have one’s comfort disturbed…

Watch whatever you want

As long as one does not flaunt,

Portrayal of the evil served.

Christians will give an accounting

Of inner transgressions mounting…

Many don’t realize

That compromise

Is proof of not growing up soundly.

Once with Jesus we’re washed,

To go back to sin is a wash…

The natural mind

Is still inclined

To think of morals as pish-tosh.

For a spirit, once cleaned,*

But not occupied “ain’t” redeemed…

When allowing in

Similar sin,

Is ripe for being gleaned.

So, whom will you serve,

The world, in your private preserve?…

Or be set apart,

Fully give your heart

To God without reserve!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

*Luke 11:24-26

 

 

I RAISE MINE EBENEZER

I RAISE MINE EBENEZER*

 

What monument will you bring

Home to Christ the King…

Be it gold

Or words untold,

Or a salvation song to sing?

Will He take the trouble

To accept wood or stubble…**

That will expire

In fire,

Leaving you burnt-up rubble?

Heavenly gold is found

In souls all around…

Believers must

Help them to trust

In Son of God’s safer ground.

The Apostle Paul’s testament***

Were the ones to whom he was sent…

By Spirit’s call

Preaching Christ, Lord of all,

Discipling as he went.

Except for our mortal chains, we

Cannot aim for higher than he…

Who poured his life

Out in spiritual strife,

Saving souls for eternity!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

* Ebenezer…a monument of remembrance (see 1 Samuel 7:12 )

** wood…stubble:  1st Corinthians 3:12

***AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Maybe the Poet got his meanings fouled up…this poem seems more in line with 1st Corinthians, than 1st Samuel!  But Paul did call, in 2nd Corinthians 3:1-3, the churches he discipled for Christ his own references in regard to his own work for Christ’s Gospel.   —J.E.C.