We were encouraged to take a moment this morning. To read the words of the song we were about to sing. To realise that whatever our situation, the words applied to us. The song was Mighty to Save by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan.
“Everybody needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations.”
It’s true that it is all too easy to perform ‘Christian karaoke’ on a Sunday morning. The songs are often familiar, the words simply trip off the tongue, we sing them, and move on. Interestingly it was while singing the second verse that God let me know that He was speaking directly to me.
“So, take me as you find me
All my fears and failures
and fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender”
The words that hit me like a tonne of bricks were “I give my life to follow, everything I believe in.” As I sang these words, God asked me a question. He asked if I really meant it. These words are so easy to sing, but would I really give my life.
I was reminded of the John Mark McMillan song “How He loves us.” There has been a lot of talk in Christian circles about that song, and one line particularly. The controversial line wasn’t what ran through my mind though. I thought instead of the story behind the song. It is a song written about a youth pastor who met Jesus. He had been at a prayer meeting one night and prayed “If it would shake the youth of this nation, I would give my life.” A simple prayer, but one that had eternal consequences. He died in a car crash that night. The song was written by one of his friends.
I don’t think that God is asking for us all to be martyrs for the faith. It wouldn’t be a great message to preach to the world if it was. I do think He wants us to consider how seriously we are about being willing give everything. I have had words spoken over me, promises of God that I am yet to see fulfilled. I have chosen to believe that God wants to heal. I believe that there is more of Heaven yet to be seen on earth.
I say that I would give anything to see these promises fulfilled. God asked me this morning if I meant it.
I believe that He is asking you the same question. What has God promised you? What are you believing Him for? What are you really prepared to offer to see that which you believe in come to pass?