Thanks for Nothing – Nothing Required

Some notes from this morning at North Side:

“It seems like every time I come up to something that is required, I just come up short.”  -Jeff

We all come up short at so many things in life.  But the beauty of Christianity is not in what you can bring, but it’s in what has already been received.  When it comes to a relationship with Jesus, there is nothing required.  There is nothing needed.  Jesus took care of it all.

Isaiah 55 contains the words of God when he tells us to come to him with nothing, and he will provide satisfaction.  God tells us to come drink of the water, the milk, and the wine.  The water satisfies us.  The milk makes us strong.  The wine makes us exhilarated.  Those that don’t have a relationship with God are thristy and weak and they need to be satisfied in Jesus.  And there is nothing required.

Then Isaiah began to prophesy about Jesus in Isaiah 55.  We all have gone astray and decided to go our own way.  But God took our sins and placed them on Jesus.  Nothing is required because Jesus has taken care of everything that needs to be taken care of.  Christ has paid it all.

Why are you spending your life pursuing things that are unable to satisfy you?

Jeff’s message was right on this morning.  It’s great to focus on Jesus and his offer of salvation.  Some people got saved this morning!  That’s why we do what we do!  There is no greater honor in this life to know that God uses us as his ambassadors to help bring about his message to a world who needs to come to him understanding that nothing is required.  Jesus is the only one who satisfies.

I love worshipping Jesus.  I love singing any time of worship to God, but there is something special about the services where we just get to focus solely on the cross.  I hope you worshipped in spirit and truth today.  Whenever we really contemplate the cross, genuine, passionate worship should erupt from our lives!

These were the songs we sang this morning.

  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – Stuart Townend Stuart Townend - See What a Morning - How Deep The Father's Love for Us
  • I Stand Amazed – Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin - Passion: Everything Glorious - I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)
  • Nothing But the Blood – Charlie Hall Charlie Hall - Top 5: Charlie Hall - EP - Nothing But the Blood (Passion: How Great Is Our God Album Version)
  • Amazed – Jared Anderson Jared Anderson - Where to Begin - Amazed
  • Above All – Michael W. Smith Michael W. Smith - Worship - Above All