Listen to the song below
Here’s an honest question:
Have you ever found yourself singing lyrics about your level of devotion to God during a corporate worship service that you knew weren’t entirely true of you? Let’s “up the ante” a little bit. Have you ever found yourself with a microphone in front of your face and a guitar slung around your neck leading people in singing lyrics about your level of devotion to God that you knew weren’t entirely true of you?
It happened to me this past weekend. We taught the song “The Passion” by Hillsong across all of our campuses this past weekend at Eleven22.
Now, full disclosure: I really like this song. It’s well-crafted melodically and lyrically, and it’s rooted in sound theology. It’s extremely singable and easy to learn…and it moves me emotionally. It ticks a lot of boxes.
But singing the bridge lyric stings a little:
“I give my whole life to honor this love. By the Lamb who was slain I’m forgiven.”
My whole life? That’s a lot. Immediately when the words rolled off my tongue I felt like Jesus himself tapped me on the shoulder and said… “really?”.
Then comes to mind all of the un-surrendered kingdoms of my heart. The simple stuff that dwells on the surface, like the curt conversation I had with my wife about our kid’s dirty room. Then there’s the complexity of forgiveness not offered in the wake of offense still held on to. It’s all in there, and it all falls into the category of my whole life.
“The Passion” does an amazing job of drawing the worshipper’s attention to the sacrifice that Jesus paid on their behalf, and leaving them feeling the weight of what following Jesus in response feels like. Although I can’t say with complete honesty that my whole life is completely surrendered to God at every moment, I’m grateful that this song reminds me that this is what Christ is calling me to. I’m also grateful that His consistent kindness is compelling me to a deeper level of surrender along the way.
Words in songs matter, and these are good ones. I would encourage you to be challenged in the same I have been as you sing these lyrics in our corporate gatherings.
Contributed by: Pastor Michael Olson