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Just Want You!!!

Dick Clarke, the iconic host of American Band Stand and creator of the American Music Awards has said that “music is the sound track of our lives”. Personally, I would agree with him.

You see, music serves as a companion for our journey through life. It is that friend who is always there with the right thing to say at the right time. During the good times of life, it helps us celebrate those special moments by bringing a since of energy to the scene. For my generation, I am talking about songs like It Takes 2 by DJ Rob Base, The Show by Doug E. Fresh, Poison by Bell Biv Devoe or This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan. These songs prompted us to clap our hands, snap our fingers, pat our feet and get up out of our seat and dance.

Then there were those moments in which we knew that if it had not been for the Lord on our side, we do not know where we would be. During those times, it was songs like Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker, Ta Ta You Jesus by Kirk Whalum or Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin that helped us articulate just how good God has been and continues to be to us.

If we turned to the third chapter of Philippians, there is a song that would best express the mindset of Paul as he penned these deeply theological and personal thoughts. In the song, Just Want You, Travis Greene states

So take everything

I don't want it

I don't need it, God

Won't you take everything

I don't want it

I don't need it, God

I just want you

I just want you

I just want you

I just want you

Travis is stating that you can have everything this world offers. He neither wants it or needs it. He just wants Jesus.

Paul expresses a similar sentiment when he says that he “counts all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”. (Philippians 3:8) He counts the benefits he has received from his pedigree and his personal accomplishments as a loss for the most valuable thing of all…knowing Christ. (Philippians 3:4-8)

Now when Paul says, “knowing Christ”, he is not talking about a surface level knowledge of Jesus that is rooted in his heritage or personal accomplishments. Instead, he is talking about an intimate relationship with the Lord. He wants to know Jesus personally. He wants to experience the power of His resurrection. He wants to be one with Him in His sufferings. (Philippians 3:9) He wants to pick up His cross and follow Jesus. (Matthew 16:24-26) He wants to experience the power that comes with living solely for Christ. (Philippians 1:21)

He experienced Jesus on the Damascus road and he wants more. (Acts 9:3-9) And I believe that many of us want more also. We want to move beyond a surface level relationship the Lord. We want to know Him intimately. We want to experience Him in every aspect of our lives. We want to experience Him when we wake up in the morning and as we go throughout our day. We want to experience Him as we make life decisions. We want to experience Him as we fight to overcome the pain in our bodies. We want to experience Him in our quest to fulfill our purpose.

In the same regard, the Father wants an intimate relationship with us as well. He demonstrated this desire by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to pay the price for our sins.

Therefore, since we want to move beyond a surface level relationship with Him and He has demonstrated His desire to have a personal and intimate relationship with us, let’s stop procrastinating. Today is the day for us to stop thinking and talking about it. Today is the day for us to make the commitment to accept Jesus Christ as our true Lord and our true Savior. The stuff in our lives can neither save or fulfill us. It simply leaves us with a bucket full of problems and a hole on the inside of us. Jesus is the only one who can fill that hole. He is the missing link. It is time to accept Him as Lord and give Him control of our lives.

 

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