If we were created to worship God, created in his image and for a purpose, our lives should be an overflow of a heart that is overwhelmed by the love of God. Out of that overflowing heart should come our desire to reflect Jesus, and live life to follow Him.

It’s so easy to get caught up in routine and check things off a list. I am a huge “to-do list” person, so this resonates with me in a big way. I have often caught myself putting my worship or my devotion as another item in my mental “to-do” list and not really taking dedicated time to spend with Jesus in worship and prayer and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in my life.

If we are not taking time to listen to the sound of God speaking our lives and allow the Spirit to fill us, how do we expect to reflect Jesus? We can’t have an overflowing heart with a desire to follow our Savior if we aren’t filled ourselves.

I am often spoken to in the most powerful way through music, and lately I have been playing the song “So will I (100 billion X)” by Hillsong on repeat.

It is such a good reminder that if God created everything, including us, that if creation still listens, praises and obeys God, then so will I.

But as I have been preparing for our Good Friday and Easter services the last verse of the song always catches me, it goes like this:

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created the light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in ev’rything You’ve done
Ev’ry part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart eight billion diff’rent ways
Ev’ry precious one a child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

When I listen to this, I am reminded of what a great God we have, and that there is no reason why I should ever not have an overflowing heart! It’s so easy to let the “things” of life get in the way, and let Satan plant lies in our heads, and distract us from the overwhelming love of our Savior.

It doesn’t mean that life won’t ever knock us down and empty our tank so to speak, but if we are constantly listening to the voice of our Savior, taking time to refill, allowing the Spirit to speak into our lives and not just check it off our list as a “to-do”, then we should have an overwhelming sense of peace, hope and Joy that fills our hearts to the point that we can’t help but have an overflow.

As we head into this Easter season, I would challenge us all to take time to look at our lives and allow the love of our Savior to fill us, and give us an overflowing heart that can’t help but praise Him, reflect Him and follow Him.

Lynsi Stewart

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