When was the last time you were deeply touched by a song? The lyrics were so meaningful to you in that moment that you stopped what you were doing to just listen over and over again. Music has a way of speaking to our hearts and often times, it can bring us to our knees.
“Clear the Stage” is a song that I first heard at a women’s conference years ago, and I was so moved by it. I heard it again recently for the first time since that conference and it brought me to tears. During this Lenten season I have been sitting in my brokenness with God more intentionally. It isn’t easy to confront the ugliness of our lives. We would rather just ignore it or sometimes even try to blame it on someone else. Confession and repentance are hard and holy work that we all must do if we want to deepen our relationship with God. This requires us to be honest and name the real in our hearts before our forgiving and loving Father.
The song, “Clear the Stage,” is about the idols (gods) in our lives. They will look different for all of us, but we all have them. Modern day idols can be our family, pride, money, status, material things, attitudes, worries and more. They take up space on the stage of our lives and often leave no room for God.
The Scriptures speak to these concerns about idols.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me”
Colossians 3:2-5 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
I know that I have allowed the world, circumstances and my own pride to keep me from taking a break to sit with the Lord in all of my brokenness and sin. This song was a good reminder that we need those times in our lives to do just what the songs says:
Take a break from all the plans that you have made and sit at home alone and wait for God to whisper. Beg him please to open up his mouth and speak and pray for real upon your knees until they blister.
Shine the light on every corner of your life until the pride and lust and lies are in the open. Then read the Word and put to test the things you’ve heard until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken.
God is waiting and watching from the backstage. He sees our idols, he wants us to lay them down, and through His Spirit he will help us. But, until we do he cannot take centerstage where he belongs.
What’s on your stage? Who or what is taking the spotlight? When was the last time you spent some time with the Lord until you were broken for your sins? Scripture tells us what happens when we do:
John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I hear people saying that this world needs Jesus and I agree, but it starts with each of us as individuals returning to the Lord in prayer, fasting, confession and repentance. What better time than today to begin? What is holding you back? Ask the Lord to help you and he will. Ask the Lord to reveal what you are hiding in the corners of your heart. He will not shame you or condemn you, for He is faithful and just to forgive. He is always ready and waiting to offer us His forgiveness. What are you waiting for? Clear the stage.
Your fellow sinner saved by grace, Jennifer Thomas
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