Erica Schmitz

People of God

Erica Schmitz
People of God

It’s a Saturday night around ten o’clock, as my friends know, would typically be pretty late for me considering I usually go to sleep around eight on a regular basis. With the black Friday deals this year, I got some new craft supplies and thought I would test them out.

I went on to my phone to apple music and clicked on “My Lighthouse Radio” to accompany me while I played around a little bit. After a few songs had played, one in particular caught my attention. People of God  by Gungor. If you haven’t heard it before, listen to it real quick.

It first starts out with saying,

We could have tongues of angels
We could move mountains with our faith
We could give everything away
But if we don’t have love
We’re left with nothing

The last part of this verse, “If we don’t have love, We’re left with nothing.” just stopped me in my tracks. This struck me and I began thinking as to why something so simple seems to be so difficult.  The word, “love” is used 551 times in the NIV version of the bible.

 

One thing that is also repeated multiple times is the command to love others. As seen in John,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 13:34

A while back, Marla Crisman was speaking and she talked about how we as humans are often times unlovable. Sometimes it is truly incredibly difficult to show others the love that we are supposed to. In Matthew, Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart.

 

Later on in the song it says,

People of God rise up
Rise up and shine God’s love
We are the light of the world
Of the world oh
We are the light of the world
Of the world oh

This specifically talks about the call that we are called to be disciples and we are called to follow Him more faithfully. A key part of that is Authenticity vs. Holiness.

(My Friend Carlie has a blog post on that topic and you should go check it out for more info. )

Though, the gist of it is when you enter in into a relationship with Christ you should be seeking the Holiness of God. Just because grace covers our sin, does not mean we should continue with our old ways. That doesn’t make us any different than any other person in the world. Instead we should take our story and brokenness and turn it into something that glorifies God.

 

Finally, the last part of the song it says,

Love is the what holds it all together
Love never fails, it never dies
There is no deeper truth
We know that God is love, our God is love
Tear down the walls that divide us
Let love rebuild and unite us
All we need is
All we need is love

 

Truly, love is all we need. That is not the ooey-gooey love that we are taught but rather the true love and compassion shown to us by God. You can go your whole life seeking fulfillment but you will only find true fulfillment in God.

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.

John 3:16

I hope this song means as much to you as it has come to mean to me.

Have a blessed day, Erica.