I have always loved this song by Keith Green and Randy Stonehill, published in 1976, and recorded by many since then.
It describes what life is like without Christ – it’s like living in another dream world where you’re actually “asleep” to the real world, the world of living alive in Christ. The dream world without Christ “seems so real” to the lost mind. But if you see Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior it is because his love broke through the barrier that kept out the light of the gospel.
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:3-6)
This means that your ability to see your need of Christ was God’s sovereign love and decree, just like speaking Creation into existence. There was nothing to work with in creating Creation and likewise, there was nothing to work with in creating Gospel Light in your heart.
Let’s gather in the Lord’s House this Sunday and worship him who has broken through! And may God be gracious to break through the sleepy hearts of family and friends.
One of my favorites – This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. 1 Joh 4:17-19