“We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
Hebrews 12:2 TPT
Have you ever loved a song so much that you listened to it over and over again, until it completely lost its magic? That happened to me once. I was in high school and the blockbuster, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves just catapulted Brian Adams to the top of the music charts. He was, of course, responsible for the hit song on the soundtrack of the movie. The song was “I do it for you.”
Every radio station in our solar system was playing that tune. It was the background music in all shopping malls and restaurants. Everyone from your second cousin twice removed on your mother’s side of the family to your father’s great-grandmother was singing along to it. It kind of got old quickly. I can’t tell you why, but I just reached a point where I couldn’t listen to it anymore.
About nine years after the release of the song, and after approximately eight years, eleven months and two weeks of me actively avoiding this song, I was sitting in a café in the capital of Taiwan. It was my first time away from home (South Africa, where I was raised). I was terribly homesick. Even though I made some awesome friends on my adventures out there, the loneliness I experienced was unbearable. As I sat there pining for my homeland, I heard a familiar song:
“Look into my eyes
You will see
What you mean to me…”
Something weird happened. My heart totally connected with those lyrics and I could sense the presence of God in that café where I sat sipping my ice tea.
“Search your heart
Search your soul
And when you find me there
You’ll search no more…”
Suddenly a tiny waterfall appeared on one side of my face. And not long after that, another one started trickling over the opposite check. It felt like God was singing this just for me. And boy, did I need that lullaby!
“Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
You know it’s true
Everything I do
I do it for you…”
The lyrics I dreaded so many years ago, was like a healing balm for my lost and lonely heart.
How many times do we read a scripture or hear about the love of God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, without grasping the deeply profound significance of it? Did we hear it so much, that it got a little bit old?
I was challenged by this today, as I read this scripture in Hebrews 12. He went to the cross for the “joy set before him.” That “joy” was me.
Little me, with my quirks and my hang-ups. With my slip-ups and my mood swings and my world record breaking yo-yo dieting. He did it for me! Because he loves me.
Not only did he take the indescribable physical pain of thorns, nails and splinters tearing into his flesh; he endured the shame and humiliation, for one purpose only. To be in union with little me.
“Look into your heart
You will find
There’s nothin’ there to hide
Take me as I am
Take my life
I would give it all
I would sacrifice…”
Why would the God of the Universe humble himself to the point of death to be my friend? I must be worth something, surely? I must be truly valuable. I just forget sometimes.
My prayer is that we will have a fresh awaking of the love of the Father. Not just today, but every day! May we not get so used to reading and hearing about the love of our Saviour, that it doesn’t impact our hearts with significance and power. I pray that our hearts will not tune out to the transforming reality of a God who has given us his heart. Seeing it broken and bleeding on a cross. And saying: “I do it for you.”
You are worth it!
Today I hear the Father whisper: “Precious Child. There isn’t a chasm too deep, or wide, or long, that I wouldn’t bridge to be with you. You are the very beat of my heart. When life gets busy and noisy, it is easy to forget how precious you are. Come to me, and I will always remind you. I surrendered my Heart on the cross, won’t you surrender your heart to me? Let me breathe my Love into it. So that you can know how very wonderful and worthy you are. So that you can see how very much you are loved. For you truly are, my Beloved.” ❤