Thursday, July 8, 2010

One Song that Says it All

My job has a large "musical" component to it, and I'm always listening to new music and looking for the next great worship song to help our congregation connect to God.  It's not often that a song "sticks" in my head, simply because I listen to so many.  However, there is one song that seems to constantly come back to me.  It's by a group called MercyMe, perhaps best known for their song, "I Can Only Imagine."  However it's a nother song the wrote that constantly challenges that I have a fun time listening to, but a hard time living out.  It's called "So Long Self."  Here are some of the lyrics;

So long, self , well, it's been fun, but I have found somebody else
So long, self , there's just no room for two
So you are gonna have to move
So long, self, don't take this wrong but you are wrong for me,
Farewell, oh well, goodbye, don't cry

So long, self

Those lyrics get at what I believe is the very heart of the life Jesus calls us to; surrender.  It is a central part of His message; be it the rich young ruler being asked to give it all away, or the original calling of His disciples to leave their lives behind and "follow Him."  To quote Jesus,

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." (Matt. 16:25)

Surrender.  Heaven is a free gift, and the kingdom of God is a free gift, but it does come at a costs us everything.   A relinquishing of our rights, our dreams and hopes and fear, our sins, our thoughts and ways, our wisdom, our "entitlements" - it is a call to completely and totally give up ourselves to follow Him.  The ironic thing is, when we do give it all up, we find a loving Father who gives us true life, joy, peace, and something worth far more than all that other stuff.  We find Him.

You know the biggest obstacle to this life?  I used to think that Satan was the biggest obstacle...and to be sure, he is a formidable foe not to be taken lightly.  Still, though, I believe that "Self" is the biggest obstacle.  Me.  I'm the biggest obstacle to living out the life of surrender that God calls me to.  Which brings me back to the beginning...that song that just won't get out of my head...

"So long self..."

(Click here to see a youtube video of the song live)


bragi said...

a lovely song..... i first heard it when my brother was totally into it.
i find that sometimes we say so long to the self only to call it back to a place of influence a few days or seconds later.....

Hayley said...

Wonderful post. This is exactly what God has laid on my heart this week as we prepare to leave...the call to surrender.