A couple weeks ago I was absolutely moved by a CD that a friend dropped off for me to listen to. (Thanks Dawn G.) It was an entire album of Christian artists doing U2 songs called In The Name Of Love : Artists United for Africa. You have Sanctus Real doing Beautiful Day, Starfield doing 40, Jars of Clay doing All I Want Is You, tobyMac doing Mysterious Ways, yeah! And does it get any better than Chris Tomlin doing Where The Streets Have No Names? Well, yes it does get better…sorry Chris you know I think you da' man, BUT, Nichole Nordeman doing Grace brought me to my knees!
If you’ve got an extra 99 cents I highly recommend, no I insist, you go to iTunes and buy this right now! I mean now! As in leave this blog, download it, listen and then come back and comment on how that song moved you on 100 different levels.
Great glad you’re back. Did that song rock or what?!
What I found was interesting was how I had heard all these songs before and have always enjoyed U2, but when I started in on this CD and heard them with, what is my mind was, a “Christian flare” it changed everything about every song. I mean you don’t even have to know the lyrics or have ever heard a U2 song to read all those titles and easily believe these were Christian songs written by these artists. With the exception of 40 which if you knew the chorus was loosely based on Psalms 40 then you’d be convinced as well.
So this poses an interesting question. Just like hearing all these song before and not seeing something spiritual in them do you go through life the same way? As in are you trying to see God in all things even though they may not necessarily be labeled by the world as “Christian” activities? Job, hobbies, standing in line at grocery store, eating at a restaurant, etc. Or are your Sundays so different from the rest of your week it’s like you are living two different lives? Ugh, that will take the fun out of our jam session won't it?
Colossians 1:15-20 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Six times in the Colossians 1 scripture it refers to Him in all things or everything. How can you read those two verses and not see that God is involved in EVERYTHING we do? He’s not just chillin’ at the church waiting for us to show up on Sunday mornings. Look for Him in your everyday life…it will change you. He is there.
[insert thumb snapping here] … Grace, she takes the blame…She covers the shame… Removes the stain…