One of the few things that helps lessen the daily drag of waking up, is the right song. The right song can motivate you—give you the focus to get going. As an adolescent, I began every morning with West-Coast gangster rap! It motivated me to focus on what was important,
Fortunately, I never followed through with the lyrics—much of which was in regards to assaulting people with little to no provocation. If so, I’d be blogging from a penitentiary cell where I may have studied the Quran, and the book I’m writing would be titled ‘Comfortable Islam’.
It doesn’t have the same ring.
But that’s beside the point—today is a new day. And I awoke with a slightly different song in my head--Give me Jesus.
The lyrics go, “Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have all this world, but give me Jesus”. It motivated me to focus on what was important,
Unfortunately, I don’t mean those lyrics either.
Essentially, the song is saying that nothing else matters but Jesus—knowing Him is all I need to sustain me. But who desires to only be ‘sustained’? Everything else does matter after all.
There’s nothing attractive about mere sustenance. Consider this: would you be content if your lunch were a mere chicken breast—no seasoning, no sides, no ketchup. I love ketchup. But that’s beside the point. A mere chicken breast would sustain us, but it lacks the carbs, fats, and sugars we’ve grown accustomed to savoring.
Imagine that piece of chicken breast—once lonely on a plate—now surrounded by mashed potatoes, macaroni, bread rolls, stuffing, and most importantly, ketchup! Now this, is looking good!
In like manner, following Jesus isn’t intrinsically attractive. It’s often a lonely affair. For the few, truly dedicated believers, it can be discouraging when even your ‘Christian’ friends desire not ‘only Jesus’, but also the things of this world—revelry, drunkenness, material lust, and ketchup.
You would assume that they would have the same conviction as you, but they don’t. And now you look like a Jesus freak. To you, firm believer, I say, “Stay strong brother/sister.”
But for the rest of us, Comfortable Christians, who have widened the straight and narrow path—to the point where it looks good, it looks identical to that of a non-believer’s path--I say, “WTF.” [freak]
Why have we so egregiously (and sometimes comically) misrepresented Christianity? And why are we so comfortable with that?
Ultimately, we must come to grips with the fact that singing the song, Give me Jesus, isn’t genuine. We’re singing lies. Truthfully, what we want is this world, with a side of Jesus.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 John 2:15