Well it’s been a looooong time since I wrote something on this blog, in fact, tomorrow will be 18 months.
I’ve been listening to a lot of music by Jimmy Needham the last year, it’s my typical driving jam and I have been doing a lot of driving.
There is one song that has stuck out for me a while, well many, but this one inspired me to write my thoughts. The name of the song is Part The Clouds. I was thinking about sharing a few lines from the song, but reading the full lyrics now, I can’t choose. It’s just all so good and hits the mark. I’ll just share first and then post the full lyrics.
The song is about how we often tell the “nice and simple” version of the gospel, and how that isn’t helping anyone. We need to tell people who God is without skipping the not so popular parts.
I find that I often tend to think about how people will react to anything I say and I will alter my story depending on who I’m talking to. I will accentuate some details and skip others. This all happens automatically in my head. I think I do it because I fear that I might unintentionally hurt somebody in some way.
Anyway, while listening to this song, it hit me straight in the heart. “God was once so palpable before the shades of grey” “The living water will not quench us if it’s watered down”.
We think that we are helping people find Jesus by making it easy. But if we don’t tell the whole story, who will? If our identity is in who Christ is, how do we know who we are if we don’t really know who He is?
I’m not saying that the gospel is complicated. Jesus loves us so much that he died for our sins and has freed us from eternal death, giving us eternal life instead. But there is more to it.
If we really care about helping people then we should be honest and not sugarcoat it. Especially in this PC day and age. Everyone is always being careful with what they say, well the only outcome is that nobody knows what anything is. If we don’t give people the truth, they will turn to what the world says.
I for one, want to be known as the type of person who cares too much to hide anything. The one who stands for what she believes in and won’t back down on matters, big or small. Compromise – yes, but not if it means losing conviction.
I don’t know if this all makes sense to anyone else but me. It doesn’t really matter though. This is my blog full of my thoughts 😉
Alright time for the lyrics and a link to the song 🙂 https://youtu.be/l4Y6X2MKTfs
I like, like to be liked
And no one likes to hear the truth
And I’ve seen what the truth can do
So I tried, tried to downsize
The part of You that’s hard to tell
But the layoff didn’t go so well
Beat around the burning bush
‘Til that fire went away
God was once so palpable
Before the shades of gray
We might as well just fold our hands
If we can’t call a spade a spade
‘Cause we will miss the heart each time
If we won’t ever shoot them straight
These pleasantries shading me
And you too along
Let’s part the clouds
And show the world the Son
We think, think we are helping
By giving You a little flare
But it doesn’t matter what You wear
‘Cause runways aren’t Your forte
You prefer the narrow road
Even though it’s not en vogue
The gospel looked so very cold
One night as I passed by
So I gave him my best sugar coat
And dressed it in a lie
This living water will not quench us
If it’s watered down
Its not our place to hide again
This treasure that we’ve found
P. S Just in case anybody starts reading the older posts, I am back home (technically not home, but Sweden) again 🙂 DTS was great, so special and life-changing. It was much better than expected. I had a great outreach, sailed for five days on a ship, and had fun in Vanuatu sharing God’s love. My outreach team was amazing and I miss them very much. If you haven’t thought about a DTS before, think about it now. It is a great opportunity to get to know God better, get to know yourself better and to learn and practice sharing what you have learnt. (advertisement alert!) YWAM Dalarna are running a DTS in April. 2018. It is going to be awesome. The leader is one of the wisest people I know, somebody who is always there to challenge me and guide me in every part of my life – my mum 🙂 check out dts.ywamdalarna.se for more info. Or go to ywam.org for DTS’s worldwide