I’ve been thinking a lot about enemies lately.
It seems that the world is filling up with them more and more.
(Hang with me — this really does relate to Colton Dixon’s music video “More of You” below.)
Ironically, I literally just “met” one while typing this.
I’d just typed the first two sentences above while watching Sammy Watkins and the Buffalo Bills on-line.
(I had to watch on-line because the Carolina Panthers were playing on our TV. Multi-tasking at its finest.)
In clicking back and forth between this post and the game, I apparently clicked on a “landmine.”
An evil pop-up window hijacked my computer.
The issue was quickly and harmlessly resolved, but some unknown enemy was out there hoping to get me to fall for their scam.
I wanted to crawl through the internet and let them know how I felt about their little scam.
The reality, of course, is that even if I could find them, they wouldn’t care one bit that they’d tried to hurt me — and I don’t want to become more like them, filling myself up with anger towards them.
I need less of them, less of me, and more of Christ.
This was the perfect illustration of what it is that I love about this song and music video so much — besides Colton’s voice and the music, of course.
(See, I told you it really does relate to Colton Dixon’s music video.)
Apart from Christ, we’re all capable of all kinds of evil.
I don’t know what kind of life my unknown enemy has lived, but it’s very possible that if I’d lived his life, I’d be happy with ripping people off, too.
Unless God empties us of ourselves, and we be filled with Christ, there’s just no good in any of us.
That’s not pessimism talking. That’s reality. (Psalm 14:2-3)
Not only do I see this truth in the powerful lyrics of Colton Dixon’s song, More of You, but I also see it in the music video — in two places, to be exact.
1. Made versus Making:
Notice on the music video, when it gets to the phrase:
“More of You, Less of me, Make me who I’m meant to be”
the word “Make” is laid over the original text: “Made.”
I don’t know if there was a typo and the one who made the music video was just fixing it, or if it was intentional, but I love it because they’re both true.
When we come to Christ, His Spirit immediately comes to live in us, giving us all the fullness of Christ.
In that instant we’ve been made into who we were meant to be — children of God and co-heirs with Christ.
At salvation, Christ has made us complete.
We are who we’re meant to be. (tweet)
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him,
the one who called us to Himself by means of
His marvelous glory and excellence.”
~ 2 Peter 1:3
Unfortunately, after salvation, our old self still hangs around, reminding us of who we used to be — and making us think we’re still that person.
It still makes us feel like we’re a slave to doing what we don’t want to do, and not doing what we do want to do. (Romans 7:14-25)
Just because we’re saved, doesn’t mean we suddenly stop thinking or acting like we did before.
Fortunately, God is continually molding and shaping us into the beautiful image of His Son, so that our old self will stop being so tempting to us. (Romans 8:29)
After salvation, Christ is continually refining us,
making us who we’re meant to be. (tweet)
Christ will never give up on us.
He’ll perfect us, as He makes us into the person we were meant to be. (Philippians 1:6)
2. Fill Me ’til the End:
As the video plays, a red line moves across the bottom of the music video. Once the red line makes it all the way across, the video is complete. Isn’t that a great picture of our lives with Christ.
(You have to put your cursor over the video to reveal the red line.)
I see the red line as a picture of the refining work of Christ filling us with more of Him and less of us.
(Of course, the line being red beautifully reflects the blood of Christ — the only basis of our salvation.)
My desire is that by the end of my appointed time on earth, I’ll be fully empty of myself so that all that’s left in me is Christ.
I’m sure my family wishes I’d get to there sooner than later.
I’m referring to my Christ-likeness, of course, not the end of my appointed time on earth!
I hope I get there sooner than later, too, actually. I have to live with myself more than they do!
All it takes for us to have more of Him and less of us is letting go — surrender.
Surrender to the faithful One.
Surender to the One who will fill us up with every good thing.
Knock down my castle walls and
watch my kingdom fall!
Be my King.
God, I choose
More of You and Less of me!
If you enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll share it — a lot. Spread the love and the music this Monday — and every day while you’re at it.
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