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Posted on October 27th, 2017 by Pastor Koby Orr
This week is Global Outreach week at Canyon Hills. This is a week where we, as a church, set our attention towards what the Lord is doing, not just locally, but around the globe. As our Canyon Hills Worship ministry prepared for this week, we wrote, recorded, and released a new song for our church titled, “Over All.” (click to play). This song is a call to a change in perspective. Jesus commanded all of us in Matthew 28:19, “GO therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” This was a call to evangelism. And this wasn’t an exclusive call. This wasn’t a call to a few chosen men to share the hope of Christ with the world. This was a call to anyone who did, or every would, call Jesus Christ their personal Lord and Savior. Our mission…from Jesus Himself...is to spread the truth with the world around us that desperately needs it. But here’s the problem.
By and large, there seems to be a breakdown between Christ’s command, and His people’s obedience. If you’re anything like me, you love Jesus, you know what He’s called you to do, and yet you find it incredibly difficult to actually get out and do it! There’s this invisible awkward barrier that seems to stand between me and opening up my mouth to share the gospel with someone no matter how badly they need it. This has to change.
The world is sick. It has a disease far worse than cancer or AIDS. This world has been infected by sin, and there are people dying around the world (and many in our own communities) who have never heard the name of Jesus. It’s not because there is no one around them who could share the gospel with them, it’s because they are surrounded by people who won’t share the gospel with them or are too scared to. There is a lyric (or prayer really) in the second verse of this song that may be my favorite that we have ever written, “The lost are ready, laborers are few / help us live with their eternity in view.” That’s what I think is missing. At least I know that’s what has been missing in me. When I look around at the people God has placed around me in life, or has given me the opportunity to travel and see--I don’t see lost souls. I don’t see souls bound for an eternity separated from God. I see people in relation to how they fit into my plan and schedule. My prayer, daily, has become that the Lord would change my heart in this regard. I want to view these people, with their eternities in mind.
It was from this place of conviction, and honestly, personal prayer, that this song was written. This was not written by a team of people who feel they are killing it as evangelists. It was written by a team of men and women who desire to be obedient to the Lord in His call and to see and approach His world differently than we have in the past. We aren’t there yet, and neither are you, but we hope to get there together.
This song is a call to lift up the name of Jesus boldly. Wherever we are. Wherever we go. That through us this dying world would see Him for who He truly is...the Savior they desperately need. He is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lord’s.
The day is coming, when every knee will bow on heaven, and on earth, and every tongue will confess with awe-filled wonder and terror, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Let’s not miss out on the privilege it is to be the ambassadors of God’s rescuing grace.