I will end this week with a David Crowder song. One of our pastors played it during his message a few weeks ago and I thought it appropriate for a devotional to my series on becoming human.
Being fully human means that our heart is fully alive to God, which makes it fully alive to others.
But in order to do this, we need to trust God with everything that weighs us down. This isn’t easy because when we’ve tried this with others, our heart usually gets trampled on. Here’s what I wrote about that in my book, Sonshift…
I think most of us are afraid to love intimately because we could get hurt. Many of us have been deeply hurt by others when we finally did open our heart. Love means risk. Maybe this will help you take courage here. I’ve found that if I let Him hold my heart, I can give it away to you. You cannot hurt what He is holding. So, don’t be afraid. Let it all go. Give it to Him to hold for you. You can truly find rest in His embrace. (Sonshift, p. 116)
This is probably the truest thing I’ve ever found in my journey with God. I encourage you to open your heart to Love, for He is love.
On that note, what always amazes me is that we pastors and leaders are so good at stuffing people’s heads full of Bible information, wowing and inspiring with great revelation, but spend so little time teaching people how to open their hearts to Love.
And it doesn’t end there.
As Heidi Baker would say, love looks like something. The Bible agrees. John told us in his first epistle that we cannot say we know God and not love others; we certainly cannot say we love God and hate others (1 John 4:7, 8, 20). James tells us that real faith and love looks like meeting others in their need (James 2:14-17). Paul tells us, without love, nothing else we do or say matters (1 Cor.13:1-3).
The song is, “Here’s My Heart Lord,” written by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, and Louie Giglio, performed by David Crowder at a Passion Conference.
I picked this particular video version of the song by Marco Fesyuk (The Video Lyrics Guy) because he ties the song so creatively with shots from the “End It” movement against human trafficking. This important ministry exemplifies what it means to be human…what love looks like.
As I wrote in “Becoming Human – part two,” when I’m fully human, I can walk in intimacy and connection with all people. I don’t need to be right; I need to understand. My goal is to communicate, to share life, to comfort those who hurt, to give value, to hate injustice and all inhumanities to man. I’m not driven by fear, greed, or a need for affirm myself. I’m already affirmed by Love, and so I have everything that I am to give to you.
With that said, why don’t you take a few minutes to soak in this song and make it your prayer. And, as you do, give Him all your “I am not’s.” Open your heart and let Him heal you from the inside out. Then you can give what you have away, bringing love and healing to others.
That’s the way it works. We love because we are loved! (1 John 4:19).
Beloved child of God, let Him love you. This broken and hurting world really needs to see you whole so they can see what this love looks like in human form.
You are SO loved!