This song was written to a specific someone who I love very dearly. However, in a broader sense, this song, quite vulnerably, expresses my feelings towards everyone who knew me before I trusted in Christ some four years ago.
Before God opened my eyes to see I was a sinner and drew me to himself, I had no love for God in my heart. All of my affections were for me and all of my desires were set on the most temporary of things. I had faith in a god, the only problem was that the god I had faith in, at the end of the day, was me.. or some boy, or something even more trivial than that.
But now, like a wandering traveler who stumbled upon treasure hidden in a field and then sold all he had to buy that field, I have found myself in the mercies of Christ. And the short-lived, fleeting pleasures I once had in the world would now tremble and hide from the great, immeasurable pleasures and joys that overflow from this redeemed heart of mine. Because.. I have Jesus.
This joy, however, does not mean that there is not pain along the path of following Christ. And lying awake some nights as I pray for those I love with tearful pleas to God, my heart is very familiar with such pain. I long for the lost sinner, to see his or her sin and to trust in the sweet promises of the Gospel.
This song is a plea to those who do not trust in Christ, but rather ‘put their faith in a man-made god’. Jesus died for sinners and three days later rose from the grave and whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you grew up in, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done.. ‘only one thing matters in this life’, namely God. So the question is. Are you going to trust in Jesus to reconcile you to God, or will you die in your sins? Are you going to step into the light of Christ and allow His Spirit to expose the ugliness in your heart and wash you white as snow, or will you hide in darkness and try to cover up the stink of your sins with self-righteous, self-exalting good deeds? Are you going to make your life count for something greater than yourself, namely God’s name being exalted in every corner of this world, or will you squander away your life trying to gain the world and lose your soul?
In verse two of this song the lyrics are..
have you ever seen true love? / and do you know what it’s made of? / or where it came from?
could it be the world has left you blind? / and everyday you pass it by? / you don’t even recognize it?
The reality is, every man is a sinner, (Rom 3:10) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). If you are reading this and have never put your faith in Christ, but desire to be reconciled to God, there’s no better time than now to fall on your knees and seek him while he may be found and confess your sins to him and turn to him to forgive you of your sins and be reconciled to him, now and forevermore. But if you’ve read this and cringe at the thought of trusting in Christ.. I will say.. I know where you are. There was once a time when I felt that very same feeling, but coming from someone who knows that feeling of rebellion, I beg you to at least pray to God about what you’ve just read, because life is too short and God is too good, to just waste your life and pass off God as someone’s opinion. God is a not an opinion. He is holy and just. He made the heavens and the earth. And though you may reject his very existence, you carry the evidence that he exists in the very prints of your fingers, in the vibrant colors of your eyes and in every beat of your heart.. And the implications of rejecting this great God.. are eternal. So seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7)