Over the last couple of weeks I’ve written quite a few new songs. Every time I think “that’s it now, the inspiration is gone and I’ve run dry” I get another song. I wrote one in half an hour this week, but some of them take me a few weeks to work on and refine. I haven’t had much time to record recently and I’m looking at different options to record an EP for release later in the year.
I went to see the film Hacksaw Ridge last night at the cinema and I’d highly recommend it (as long as you can cope with some fairly graphic battle scenes!). It is based on a true story of a soldier named Desmond Doss, who enlists with the US army during the Second World War as a medic, but refuses to carry a weapon. He faces severe criticism, opposition and even a prison term for his belief in God and the sanctity of life. Despite being called a coward for not being willing to kill in battle, he displays the utmost heroics on the battle field in Okinawa after the Japanese have overrun the US forces, who have retreated after suffering heavy losses. Doss has the opportunity to retreat to safety himself but remains on the battlefield and without a weapon, and facing almost certain death, rescues 75 of his wounded colleagues and gives them medical attention. It is one of the most selfless acts of bravery I have every heard about and Doss was hailed a hero, during and after the war. He never fired a shot and never touched a weapon because he held firm to his faith in God and was willing to die for what he believed in and for those he was called to serve with.
Jesus’ sacrifice for us was even greater than this because he saved all of mankind from death. Not only did he save us from death but he has also given us life, now and for eternity. He was mocked, rejected, persecuted and ultimately killed, but in doing so he sacrificed himself for us and allowed us to receive the life and forgiveness that we so desperately need. He chose to go to the cross and could have escaped such agony, but out of love for us he went through with it. He knew that God had sent him to earth for a particular mission and he carried this through with the strongest of conviction, to achieve a victory in the battle over sin and death. Our response should be to live in the same way as we worship with our whole lives, staying close to God and living sacrificially for Him and for each other. Romans 12:1-2 says:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Desmond Doss was an example of a living sacrifice in the way that he held fast to his relationship with God and was unwavering in his convictions. He also sacrificed his own comfort and lived his faith out in a very real way by saving the lives of his colleagues – this was his spiritual act of worship. Fortunately we don’t have to fight in a gruesome war to live out our faith and demonstrate sacrifice, but we are called to do this in our own situations and we each have battles to fight, whatever they might be. It can be easy to conform to what everyone else is doing and compromise on what God has called us to do especially when we face opposition or ridicule, but by remaining close to Him and renewing our minds by his word in the Bible, we can offer something that is pleasing to God, worship him with our lives, and help to save souls from our own battlefields in the process.
Have a great week!