Several months ago, I posted an interactive blog post entitled An Expression Of Love in which readers could dedicate a love song to Christ that expressed their heart toward Him. It has literally been one of the most rewarding posts that I have done yet. In today’s post, I’d like to highlight a video of a song by Bruno Mars that was posted there.
The video is ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars. Please take a few minutes and watch this video. After you watch the video, I’d like to draw your attention toward two components in the video that powerfully parallel our own spiritual journey.
1. The Destruction Of The Cassette Tape
In the beginning of the video, the young woman is enjoying listening to the song ‘Just The Way You Are’ on a cassette. Something in her longs to hear the message of the song. She is wrapped up in her own world when suddenly Bruno Mars himself walks in and interrupts her. He takes the tape from her and begins to destroy it. It seems that she was so caught up in her ritual that she didn’t realize the significance of what was happening. She was annoyed because she didn’t realize that the one who authored the song she was listening to was now directly with her. He took the tape from her to cause her to notice him. He wanted to sing directly to her.
In the same way, many of us were caught up in our own spiritual rituals trying to listen to Christ. Then He walked into our lives and took our ‘tapes’ (spiritual rituals) away so we could recognize that He is directly with us every moment of reality. He wants direct continual communication with us, not just when we have the ‘worship’ headphones on, so to speak. Like the woman in the video, we too were thrown for a loop when this happened. After losing our old religious rituals we once depended upon, we felt a loss until we realized how much better it truly is to hear Him sing directly to us.
2. The Radical Message Of Acceptance
In the video, Bruno laments that the beautiful woman he is singing to doesn’t think she is beautiful. He laments that she doesn’t believe him when he says that he wouldn’t change anything about her because he loves her just the way she is. She simply cannot see herself from his vantage point, and it breaks his heart. In his eyes she is perfect and stunningly beautiful, but in her own eyes, she only sees her own imperfections.
In the same way, Christ sees us as completely perfect and beautiful. He loves us and is completely pleased with us just the way we are now. This reality is offensive to the religious mindset that views ourselves through the lens of the fallen flesh. In the Lord’s eyes, however, our old fallen flesh has been crucified with Christ on the cross and has already passed away. We are now new creatures in Christ and He can only view us ‘in Christ’. We are now clothed in Christ’s beauty and righteousness (2 Cor. 5:16-17). Every time we view ourselves as anything but pure and beautiful, it breaks His heart.
Take a few minutes to watch this video again. As the woman in the video begins to listen to and believe what he says about her, they begin to connect. Can you hear Christ singing to you through this video? Do you believe Him?
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