Sincerity in Song – 2

People often speak without thinking. Christians may too often sing without thinking. This could result in unintentional (or sometimes even intentional?) hypocrisy. For example, we sing I’d Rather Have Jesus” which includes these words: “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than have riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands. I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand. I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame. I’d rather be true to His holy name.” If it came right down to it, would we? Suppose some very wealthy person made you a genuine offer of five million dollars, if you would renounce Jesus, what would you do? Many who really know Jesus would turn the money down. Are there some who wouldn’t? Among those who would choose Jesus over wealth, are there any who would put worldwide popularity and recognition ahead of faithfulness to Jesus? If we would not compromise for wealth or fame, we can sing this song sincerely! In Mark 8:36, Jesus said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” For those who have truly received Jesus as Lord and Savior, nothing is as important as He is! Nothing could sway us away from Him! My point is that only those who would  put Jesus ahead of all else can sing hymns like this one with honesty. Selah! Blessed are those who love Him more than anything in this world!   Ron

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