I am a fan of music. I like to focus on listening to Christians who create music in really any genre. Recently a song called “Rebirthing” by Skillet has peaked my interest. The lyrics have a message that I think draws a really good picture of our journey to becoming Jesus Follower and starting a new relationship with God.

With that it serves as a good reminder, for those in the “wilderness,” of where we draw our life and breath from as Jesus followers and where we need to return to.

I lie here lifeless in this cocoon
Shedding my skin cuz I’m ready to
I wanna break out
I’’ve found a way out
I don’’t believe that it’’s gotta be this way
The worst is the waiting
In this room I’’m suffocating

Feel your presence filling up my lungs with oxygen
I take you in
I die

Rebirthing now
I want to live for love, wanna live for you
In me for the first time now I can relax somehow
Rebirthing now
I want to live my live, wanna give you everything
In me for the first time now I can relax somehow
(I can relax somehow) (Second verse, pre-chorus, chorus)

First, they talk of being at the point of wanting something different. Having a deep desire to change the way things are currently are.

Skillet then goes on to describe that process of making a decision to follow Christ. They compare this new found presence Christhirst like the breath of life being first breathed into your lungs – starting fresh and new. Describing well what it feels like to cross that line and make a decision to truly follow Jesus completely.

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. – Romans 5:10-11

The next statement is interesting – “I take you in; I die.” The idea that we need to die to the old self in order to be “rebirthed in Christ”. We need to give control over to the one who knows us better than ourselves.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

Finally ending the chorus with a description of the unexplainable peace that only Jesus can provide. It is a peace that comes from knowing that God is in control and He knows what he is doing and you can trust Him.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.-Romans 5:1

Then you will experience God’’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:7

Whether you are thinking about this whole “Jesus Thing” for the first time or you are a Jesus Follower struggling through the “wilderness” times that come along in our lives, take these lyrics as an encouragement that your life can change when you truly commit (or re-commit) to following Jesus, giving Him control, and loving God with all your heart.

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