“If I Was Jesus, I’d come back from the dead
And I’d walk on some water, just to mess with your head
I’d know your dark little secrets, I’d look you right in the face
And I’d tell you I love you, with Amazing Grace
I’d lay my life down for you
And I show you who’s the boss
I’d forgive you and adore you
While I was hangin’ on your cross
If I Was Jesus”
“If I Was Jesus”~ Paul Colman
I’ve always loved this song and downloaded it years ago. I listened to it again yesterday morning while out for a run. I hadn’t heard it for awhile but as my phone randomly shuffled through selections, it began to play. It makes my heart smile. On one level, it’s amusing and light-hearted, yet on a completely different level, it’s full of depth and beautiful truths.
I think what I appreciate most about this song is that it reminds me of what my heart (and all hearts) long for most: love, acceptance, and a place to belong.
I am grateful for Jesus and how he modeled, perfectly, how love should look, respond, and behave. I am grateful for grace when our hearts lose sight of this. I am grateful Jesus never stops pursuing us and reminding us that we love because He first loved us.
I long to live this life consistently loving others with this humble posture of sacrificial abandon. I wish it was always my knee jerk reaction. But honestly, my stubborn pride and and my bent towards selfishness will often be more evident as I walk through my day. My desire is to be more intentional in my love for others, to tear down walls that divide and build bridges that connect, to lay down my to-do list and pick up His instead.
My heart aches for those who feel they are somehow excluded from God’s amazing love. God is love and He is the host of the Love Party. He is the one that does all the inviting and He personally sent you a handwritten invite. This invite has already been signed, sealed, delivered and has nothing do with you meeting a certain standard first. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. You are loved by Jesus just as you are. Come to the party.
“This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need—how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.” 1 John 3: 16-18
“Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us. 1 John 4:10