You know those moments when something hits you straight to the core (in a good way)? And then you feel the repercussions of it for weeks? Well, a few weeks ago, this happened. And anyone who knows me won’t be the least bit surprised it came in the form of a song.
A few weeks ago, I was back in Atlanta doing some training for work. On my first night there, my sister and I were driving through downtown on our way back from IKEA. (Best. Store. Ever.) She put on a song that has become a new favorite of hers, and now mine as well. We listened to the song on repeat almost the entire way home.
The lyrics of the verses fit seamlessly to where I find myself at times: acutely aware of my sin and depravity, feeling unworthy to approach Him, and doubting what I know to be truth. And then that beautiful chorus sings such sweet truth over my heart, and I am filled with wonder and awe. The song is called, “How Can It Be” by Lauren Daigle and it’s incredible. Trust me.
Let’s take a quick look at that chorus, shall we?
“You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be”
I could literally break down each line of that chorus and tell you what He’s been teaching me through those words. But for now, I want to focus on the ones that have had my heart in a place of wonder, awe, and overwhelming gratitude.
You gave Your life to give me mine. You say that I am free, how can it be?
But really. Just take a quick second and think about that. My sweet Savior has been reminding me of the power and beauty of the Gospel through these words, and Beloved, I want to take a moment and invite you to do the same.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23
Because the fact of the matter is this sin, this ugliness that I constantly keep finding in my life – I can’t do a single thing about it on my own. I need Jesus. You need Jesus. We all need Jesus. Period.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ” –John 3:16-17
I know, it’s the verse that everyone knows, but just take a moment and realize the gravity of this truth. He gave His life. His LIFE. We make so much of “life” on this earth, and realize that Jesus gave His for you and me.
But it’s those last two phrases of the chorus that have had my attention the past week. You say that I am free, how can it be? That’s where that awe has come in and settled in my heart. The question isn’t asked out of disbelief, it’s asked in sheer reverence of the fact that my sins are paid for, I am washed clean, my chains are gone, and I am free.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” –Galatians 5:1
Beloved, what Jesus has been teaching me through these words of truth is that no matter what surfaces in my life, He already paid for it. No matter how ugly the sin, He still washes me clean. No matter how strong the chain, He is stronger.
I pray that today, the truth of the Gospel makes its way to your heart. Because it’s powerful, it’s beautiful, and has left me completely awestruck the past few weeks.