george_hancockstefanIt seems that recently I keep hearing Jeremy Camp’s song Give Me Jesus. It is a simple song – simple lyrics, simple melody. There is nothing complicated about this song. It has three verses:

In the morning where I rise (3x)

When I am alone (3x)

When I come to die (3x).

Each verse is followed by the chorus :

Give me Jesus (3X) You can have all this world, Just give me Jesus.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard it in a meeting and it stayed in my mind. I hummed it, I prayed with it, I cried with it, and I meditated over it. In the depth of the Christian theology, if we have Jesus, we have everything that we need. Jesus is our way to God, Jesus is our salvation, Jesus is our hope, and Jesus is our life.

However, we have to be honest with ourselves. Often in the church as we have sung this song, we have complained just like those who do not have Jesus. Too many of us have become accustomed to a life of abundance and expect our Jesus to always come bearing many gifts. In fact, some of us may have thought that we are God’s favorite people and following Jesus made sure that we will be bountifully supplied with everything that we desired.

Then the economy changed, our jobs became less secure, and our insurance and savings started to shake. In the midst of these things many people started to question what God was doing. Is there a possibility that we have created a false concept of Jesus? Many of us expected that during this economical crisis, more people will return to church but that is not happening. In fact, in places, we find that some of those who came to church are blaming God for the downturns in their lives.

The present situation forces us to examine if there are songs that we sing without meaning them or if there are spiritual phrases that we proclaim because somehow they have become our false advertisements. We say that we trust in Jesus, but we trust in our bank accounts, our relationships, our accomplishments, our political system. When these things are shaken, and sometimes destroyed, we are tested to find out if indeed our song is true and all that we need is Jesus. We love Jesus – not stories about Jesus, not event theological conclusions about Jesus – but his daily presence with us.

In the morning when you rise, I pray that you will be able to sing this song and as you sing the song, the presence of the beloved Jesus will fill your life. I pray that whatever else He brings to your life that day, you will take as a precious gift from the hand of the one that you love so much, Jesus the Son of God, your Savior, Lord, Companion, Friend and the sufficiency of your life here on earth and for all the eternity.



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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...