I Wanna Go Back...
02/23/17 11:34 AM Filed in: Hard Truth
I Wanna Go Back…
I recently came across this song and thought over it for a period of time then forgot about it. The Lord recently brought it back into my life and used it to convict me of some of inconsistencies in my walk with Him. So please take the time to listen to the song and then allow me to share how it challenged me.
The song is entitled, "I Wanna Go Back" by David Dunn.
The first thing that came to my mind after listening to this song was Matthew 18:1-5.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?'
He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.' ”
I am blessed to be currently teaching K-1 graders in a Bible study. We teach a basic truth of the Christian faith at the end of every weekly meeting. There has always been a joke among us as children’s leaders that the hardest basic truth to teach is “The Trinity.” Well, I happened to be the one in my class who got to teach the basic truth of the Trinity.
I asked the six or seven students I had that night, “Isn't that hard to think that God is three in one?” They all looked at me and instantly responded by shaking their heads and saying “No.” I moved on in my teaching, what more did I need to say? They got it.
You believe it. You put your faith in God and you trust Him.
There was none of the ridiculous "logical" notion that says “Well, excuse me, 1+1+1=3.” They had the belief that if God says 1+1+1=1, they simply believed it!
Another lyric that challenged me from the song was - “Your hands were big enough to hold the world.” Isn’t that true? As a kid I don’t remember worrying about terrorism or money or tomorrow. Every day was its own little adventure. The song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” was very real.
Nowadays I am “logical” and yes, intellectually I believe and know that truth, but I don’t live it out all of the time.
How about those basic truths of the faith that we start to challenge and get confused and frustrated over as we grow older?
Children don’t sit down and form denominations because they can’t reconcile how there is free will and predestination. They don’t preach sermons why the Word of God isn’t the main issue and how we should focus on the resurrection instead. They don’t try to fit millions of years into the Bible. They don’t struggle with the miracles in the Bible. They don’t ask “If God created the world in six days, how could light that is millions of lightyears away reach earth?”
They just believe and accept the Word of God in what it says.
It is the “logical,” “reasonable,” “educated,” “brilliant” and “smart” Christians of the day that twist the Bible and have caused divisions among believers.
Another challenging lyric - “Faith could even move a mountain top.”
Isn’t that so true? God’s bigger when you are a little child. My dreams for what God can do have seemed to shrink over the years. Yeah, I still have some big dreams, but not as large when I was a child. When I was a child I remember saying that during my life I was going to see 80% of evil removed from the world and all the trashy magazines in the stores be removed as well.
Since then, I’ve grown up and realized “the limit” that you can only see so much happen in you life.
As a child, mountains where jumpable. Big adventures and exciting God-sized missions where my childhood dreams and seemed right around the corner. Taking the world by storm for Jesus seemed like a simple thing to do.
I wanna go back.
I want to lose my “reasonable,” “smart,” “logical” adult-self and return to that childlike faith.
Please know I am not advocating I have to be a simpleton in my thoughts and actions when it comes to theology and all that. I am just saying we need to approach those studies with the heart, eyes and faith of a little child. I don’t want to become a hardened man who looks though the eyes of “reason” instead of the eyes of a child with childlike faith.
That’s what I wanna go back to.
There are a 193 references to “child” or “children” in the New Testament. I didn’t take the time to count them, but I think it would be a good guess to say about half of those times God refers to His followers as children or encourages them to have faith like a child.
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” - Mark 10:15
Another point, think about how a child views their father.
Isn’t it true that when you talk to a child, it is obvious that in their minds their dad is the biggest, strongest guy in the world and there is nothing awesome and good that he can’t do?
Well, I actually have a Father who can’t do anything wrong and when it comes to doing right and good, He is immeasurable and infinite. Why don’t I live in the light of that truth?!?!
Fix a nation - my Father can do that!
Reverse gay unions in America - my Father can do that!
End abortion in America - my Father can do that!
Reverse the perversity of the mainstream movie and music industry - my Father can do that!
Start a revival in America - my Father can do that!
Revive this world - my Father can do that!
Help me to remain faithful to Him - my Father can do that!
Help me to resist temptation and sin - my Father can do that!
Provide my everyday needs - my Father can do that!
Help me get through the day - my Father can do that!
Allow me to complete what He has called me to do - my Father can do that!
Save my neighbor, friend, family member, or a complete stranger - my Father can do that!
Heal that marriage, bring that ISIS leader to his knees, empower our missionaries, mobilize and wake up the worldwide Church, bring our nation’s leaders to their knees, shut down the dens of evil in our towns, drop the crime rate, spread His love across this land - my Father can do that!
He is limitless!!!
Maybe it’s time to start living with the faith like a little child again.
Maybe it is time to throw our “logic” and “reason” to the side.
Maybe it is time to start looking in awe at our heavenly Father again.
Maybe it is time to stop putting limits on our limitless God.
Maybe it is time to start looking to retake the world for Jesus again.
Maybe it is time to start praying God-sized prayers.
Maybe it is time to start living sold-out for the Lord again.
Maybe it is time to go back…
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20