“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” Romans 5:6-8 (MSG)
Hillsong Worship is so good about pulling phrases right out of the Word of God and using them as the theme of their songs. Songs that have lyrics straight from scripture are the best kind. That’s why I have had “Love On The Line” on repeat these past few weeks. Romans 5:6-8 are the verses where Hillsong Worship drew the song from, and they even wrote their own writeup about the song that you can find here.
Romans 5:6-8 humbles us and leads us to the truth that we are unworthy of God’s love. I think that’s a hard thing for us to grasp. A lot of times we feel like when we volunteer in church, serve, or give financially that we are doing God a favor. We think He needs us to do those things. When the truth is that “…we [are] of no use whatever to Him” (Romans 5:8). That’s not to say that the good things we do and the way we give our talents and efforts back to the Kingdom aren’t important, because they are. But, ONLY if they point others to Him, and not to ourselves.
Have you ever loved someone so much that you would be willing to die for them even if you knew that they would never be able to do anything at all to match the sacrifice you made for them? If you have, that’s a beautiful thing. But chances are, most people reading this have not experienced this kind of love because the depth of it is often too much for our minds to grasp in entirety. Human nature is to love someone, and expect that same love in return. But the nature of Jesus is that He put His love on the line knowing that we would never be able to love Him the way that He loves us.
So what can we do? How can we give Jesus what He deserves from us when we can hardly grasp the love He has for us, much less give Him that same devotion in return? The answer is worship. It’s what we do when we don’t have our own words. “It’s our response the furious love that He has for us” (Hillsong Collected). Worship is a beautiful thing because we get swept up in the music and we get taken away to a place with our Savior where we are free to express gratitude for the sacrifice of His love that we never deserved. That’s why we worship.
God’s love for us is not something we can put into words. It’s hard to explain, and I think that’s the beauty of it. It’s a mystery that we get to jump into everyday. His love never changes. It doesn’t matter how many good things we do or how many bad things we do. The steadfast love of Jesus is everlasting, unrelenting, never-changing, unwavering, and “the greatest of all romance” (Love On The Line- Hillsong Worship). I love being pursued like that.
Here’s to unveiling the mystery of God’s love for us everyday as we go through life. Here’s to learning how to worship Him in response to the furious love that He has for us. May we continually strive to be people who live secure and confident in His love for us and who give our all to love others like He loves us.