Take My Hand

This song was inspired by a vivid word picture in a song by the group Tree by Leaf. Jesus is on the streets of New York City:

        "Hey got a light?" asks a girl, in her nightime flavor.
        With a click of her shoes on the pavement and a turn of her head.
        “Sure, don’t you know I’m all but consuming with fire?”
        “I bet you say that to all the girls” and she walks away

    The raw contrast between humanity and what God gave up to come and be a part of it is so striking. Jesus gave up heaven, his life, everything for us. He pleads with us to just let him save us. Because he loves us. Because he made us. And so often we just blow him off. This reminds me of John 1:10 - 12.
    “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
    This song can be taken in two ways. As a conversation between Jesus and an individual, or as a conversation between Jesus and the church (which is often referred to as a woman, his bride). God is seeking a relationship with us, and we have every excuse in the book why we can’t follow him right now. As you listen think about what excuses you harbor for not surrendering every part of your life to Him. They may not be as petty as the ones mentioned in the song. Maybe they are.

    I guarantee you that when you compare what we may have to give up with what God has already given up for us, it will seem to be the most petty excuse ever invented.