I wouldn't last a day -
I'd be afraid without You there to see me through.
Imagine me without You: Lord, You know it's just impossible!
Because of You it's all brand new.
My life is now worth while...
I can't imagine me without You!
The funny thing about this song is that... the song describes exactly what we'd all be like without the Lord! It went way past just trying to "imagine" what it would be like:
Those who have grown up in a Christian home for all (or even most) of their life don't really have a "past" to compare our "Christian walk" to. But those who have lived in the "world" and have been entangled in deep, gross sin - and then were saved from a life of misery - seem to take their Salvation much more seriously.
Please, don't get me wrong. Everyone's Salvation Testimony is important. wonderful. unique. special. amazing.
But those who grow up in Christian homes (ok... I'll give you myself as an example: I was raised in a Christian home, went to a Baptist church all my life, have parents who were always very involved in the ministries of our church, have been involved in ministries myself, homeschooled my whole life, sheltered (for the most part) from worldliness, high standards, went to Bible College for a year, etc and etc...) tend to be more curious about what's on "the other side of the fence". We are more apt to test the waters of sin... we find it to be kind of a game: let's see how close we can get to everything that we've been forbidden from our whole lives! That's just like saying: "I'm going to run through a puddle and try not to get wet." Listen friends! If you play with fire - you're going to get burnt!
Whereas, those who have been saved OUT of a life of sin, already know what's on the other side of that fence. They've been there... they've already seen the destruction, lies, and ruin that lie beyond the shadows... So, of course, why would they want to go back?
What are/were we thinking?!
And, hey! I have every right to be speaking about this right now! I've been there. I've jumped the fence. You don't even want to know all of the sin I was involved in... even less than a year ago. Me! who was raised in a Christian home! Me! who was surrounded by godly influences all my life! Me! who was taught to walk the high road and keep the standards high! I willingly threw it all away.... to enjoy the "pleasures of sin for a season."
But Mercy is Great. and Grace is Amazing. and God is Good.
God is so good.
I have no other words right now....
God is so good.
"From that time many of his disciples went back,
and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?
thou hast the words of eternal life."
~John 6:66, 67, 68