Nothing Else

Uncategorized // June 19, 2020 //

I loved this song the moment I heard it. It’s a simple confession to the Lord. It’s an acknowledgement of our need for Christ and Christ alone. It’s a prayer of forgiveness and repentance. At the same time, it’s one of those songs that makes you stop and think, “Do I really mean what I’m singing?”

I’m not here for blessings.

Jesus, You don’t owe me anything.

More than anything that You can do, I just want You.

Those are simple, yet profound, lyrics. We want blessings – here and now. We want Jesus to do things for us and to see Him at work. We are (for the most part) satisfied with and love Jesus, but we often want more than Jesus. We’ll even share the phrase “Jesus plus nothing = everything” but live in a way that doesn’t reflect that well-meaning sentiment.

I don’t write this to make you feel bad. That’s not my job. I’m not here to judge.

The Holy Spirit convicts me when I sing songs like this. I pray He does so for you as well.

I’ve learned in these moments that when we focus on what we can get from God instead of just enjoying a relationship and His presence, we miss out on so much. There is great joy and freedom of repentance. A restoration of our relationship with our Creator should be a daily desire. This state of existence allows us to worship with our whole heart.

Let’s turn to God. Want Jesus more than anything else. Be satisfied with Him alone. Experience joy in repentance. Worship with gladness in His presence. It’s the best place to be.

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