Life Beyond The Lyrics – Speak

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“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew)

The first church I went to had an acronym for the word home. The four letters were Hallelujah, Outreach, Mobilize, Engage–which represented worship (loving God), loving others, moving out strategically and engaging or speaking to others. I never really gave it a second thought, but obviously it had an impact as I can remember it nearly eight years after I went to that church.

Who knew that a line from a children’s fantasy story would tie so neatly into what I thought was a cheesy, overplayed theme for a church.

The journey from “awake” to “speak” by way of “love” and “think” correlates directly to our growth as Christians. At the moment we receive salvation in Christ, we are woken up from what seems to be an eternal sleep if the Lion of Judah did not use His own voice to call us to Him.

Immediately, we begin to love the Lord. We love Him through our worship, worship that not only occurs on Sunday for the first 15 to 45 minutes of whatever church service we attend, but a worship that we live out. It’s a love that we live and display to all of those around us. 

However, our love of God can only go so deep through worship. At some point we have to go deeper, we have to begin to think and meditate on the Word of God and come to a full understanding of who He is and what He stands for. When our worship is grown through our understanding of Him and how His Holy Spirit moves in and through us, our senses are heightened and we are now more awake than ever.

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