Before I get into the music portion, I wanted to share with you a challenge from Shane Claiborne. If you’re wondering who that is, Claiborne is in Philadelphia leading a radical ministry working among those in need. In his book, Irresistible Revolution, he writes, “What if Jesus really meant the things He said?”
His challenge brings to the forefront of our minds the question of, would our lives be different if we really took Jesus at His word? For instance, what if we believed Jesus really meant what He said in Luke 3:11, “Whoever has two shirts is to share with the one who has none, and the one who has food is to do likewise.” – If we believed Jesus was calling us to do this, would we do it?
Believe me, I’m not trying to press anyone’s buttons. I am simply putting this question out there as it was presented to me. And it is so good for us to think about as Christians so that we can honestly follow Christ instead of a watered down version of Christ. For that matter, we must know why we believe what we believe. But not just when it comes to passages like Luke 3:11, this is great to think about in regards to Jesus’ promises. For instance, Jesus says in John 7:37, “Whoever believes in me… out of his heart will flow fountains of living water.” – There is great power in believing such a statement.
What would happen if we simply believed what Jesus said and followed it, mimicking the life of service He lived, would our lives be different? I encourage you to share your thoughts on the matter.