Thursday, May 24, 2012

When Lyrics Speak - Is Jesus My Focus?

"Whom have I in Heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire but You." - Psalm 73:25

God speaks to us in different ways. For me many times it seems that the same concept or thought is presented over and over, through people, sermons, songs or Bible readings. The same idea just seems to keep coming up, so that I know He's trying to get my attention and teach me something. Lately it's been making Jesus the focus of my life.

I love the Collingsworth Family song, "I Want Jesus More Than Anything." The lyrics of this song are powerful and convicting. So many times I know that He should be my focus, my number one priority, but does my life show that? Is He alone my desire? I know that he alone can satisfy, so why do I seek other things so much?

"I want Jesus in my life
More than anything this world can offer me
For I know that He alone can satisfy
Just to know His leading in my life
Is worth everything that I might sacrifice
Oh I want Jesus more than anything

So take the fame that I might want
And all the things that seem so dear
I’d rather have Him than any praise
That men may give to me
I want Him to have control
And be the breath of life in me
I’d rather have Jesus
I’d rather Him more than anything"

I'm a planner. I like to be in control and know what's going to happen when. But in making Jesus my focus and desiring Him and His plan above all else, I relinquish that. I completely give every aspect of my life over to Him and follow where He leads. It's a little scary, but at the same time, there's no one better to give control of your life than the Author of life Himself.

I'm reading Lauren Talley's book Songs in the Night right now. One quote that I read recently I loved: "He is the source of life within us and we cannot know a happy and fulfilling life if we do not constantly, actively seek to remain in Him."

Am I constantly and actively seeking to remain in Him? Is Christ alone the focus and priority of my life? Do I desire Him more than anything? These are questions that I've really spent time asking myself lately. Of course, I would love to answer a resounding, "Yes, He alone is my desire. I want Jesus more than anything." But do my actions and my day-to-day life show that? If I really want Jesus more than anything, why am I not spending more time with Him?

This is one of those songs that really makes me stop and think about my own life and my relationship with Christ. I want Jesus more than anything, more than anything this world can offer me. I know that He alone can satisfy. This song convicted me that if He alone is my desire that some of my daily routine needs to change so that time with Him becomes a priority. I would rather have Him above all else. Everything else needs to be pushed aside so that He may be at the forefront of my life.

I leave you with one more song on this topic. I couldn't ignore the classic hymn, "I'd Rather Have Jesus" while writing this, so here it is.

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