Maybe you were raised in a Christian home and you have always known and believed in Jesus. Or maybe you came to know Him later in life, because of something a friend said or did. Many Christians, including me, fall into that latter category. Some were even raised in Christian homes, but didn’t ever truly understand until a believer who cared showed them how much Jesus really loved them.
It’s not that there was ever a time that I didn’t think there was a God, but for a long time I didn’t really understand what having a relationship with Jesus was all about. I wanted to know. I wanted to understand. I wanted to believe. But I didn’t know how. I needed someone to show me. I am grateful that God placed people in my life who could do just that, believers who cared and showed me the love of Christ.
This week I got the new Third Day CD “Move.” One of my favorite things about Third Day is that their songs are sung from a variety of perspectives. For example, my favorite Third Day song “Thief” is sung from the perspective of the thief on the cross next to Jesus. My favorite song on “Move” is called “Make Your Move” and is sung from the perspective of an unbeliever who wants to understand and wants to believe and is talking to a believer. If you want to see all of the lyrics, you can click on the title, but I want to share a few of my favorite ones here:
“Make Your Move” by Third Day
I’m looking around here for some kind of miracle
I’m looking around here for some kind of sign
I gotta believe there’s a rhyme and a reason
For the faith that you find
And if you care to share a minute of your time with me
Tell me now because I am hoping that I can believe
Give me a reason to trust what you’re telling me
Lord knows I need it now, won’t you show me how
Well, you’ve got love and I’ve got time
Won’t you make a move before I change my mind now
And I’ll give you a chance to say
Everything you want before I walk away
Well, I want to believe it’s true
I’m listening close
Won’t you make your move
I first heard this song when Third Day opened their Tualatin, Oregon show with it last July. It was the first time they had played it live, and I instantly loved it because of its awesome southern rock sound. As I’ve listened to it more and pondered the lyrics, it is quickly becoming my second favorite Third Day song right after Thief.
If you are a Christian, there may be someone in your life right now who doesn’t believe . . . yet. They want to, but they don’t know how. They need you to show them. But they probably won’t tell you that like the person singing this song. But as Peter wrote, you must “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15. You also have to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to know when to “make your move.” At some point, it may be too late and they may walk away, still not knowing the truth about Christ’s love and grace.
Sometimes we don’t “make our move” by overtly sharing the Gospel with words. As Christians we must always show the love of Christ to others by our actions and our character so that they will see something different in us. As Jesus said, you need to “do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12. We need to show the love we have been given and believed in, so that others who want to believe can know how.