DayBreaks for 09/06/13 – Are We Lying to Jesus?
1 Corinthians 14:15 (NLT) Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.
I’m troubled. On the day I write this, I spent about an hour with a group of pastors and believers in prayer. It was great – that wasn’t the problem. What troubled me is a thought that occurred to me during the meeting. At one point, someone started leading a song and the words of the song struck me…hard. And that set me to thinking….
We sing lots of sweet, wonderful-sounding songs that have words which I doubt that we really mean. For example: “All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give. I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all…”
Now how true is it when we say, “All to Jesus I surrender”? Note that we’re not saying we want to surrender all to him…we’re saying we have surrendered all to him. I doubt that’s a statement that any of us can make, and if we do, we need to repent and ask forgiveness for lying or pride, one or the other. Even as we sing it, if you think about it, have you surrendered that most secret, dark sin that you seem to fall for every time, that part of your heart where you keep it hidden? You may want to, but have you? Have I?
I’m sure you can think of the words to many other songs where we make outrageous statements – but I wonder if they’re real:
“In Christ alone my hope is found…” Really? Or do we still hope in our bank account, our government, our looks or intelligence to figure a way out of a dilemma?
What of singing about how we hope to join in his sufferings and become like him “in your death, my Lord”? Really?
Does Jesus care about our words? Oh, yeah, he does!!!!
I know this is sort of a rant, but I believe based on the passage above that we need to be careful not only in what we say, but what we sing. Perhaps we’d be better off at times to keep our mouth shut than sing out lies. Or, alter the words to fit the truth of your life and reality…and in so doing we may find he gives us strength to become what the words of the song describe – a person totally sold out to him. Until we realize (and admit) that we’re not totally given over to him, we won’t make much progress because we won’t see the need for change.
PRAYER: Father, I fear that I’ve often sung words to you claiming to be things that I am not, claiming to think things that I don’t. I admit that there is a part of me that’s still all too human that doesn’t want to pay the price to surrender all to you. Forgive me. Help me want what you want for me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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