Taking It Deeper


Sometimes I, I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone's alright when I know they're not
This world needs God, but it's easier to stand and watch
I can say a prayer and just move on like nothing's wrong
But I refuse
'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
I could choose not to move
But I refuse
I can hear the least of these crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet of You, oh God
So if You say move it's time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do and show them who You are
I refuse
To stand and watch the weary and lost cry out for help
I refuse
To turn my back and try and act like all is well
I refuse
To stay unchanged, to wait another day, to die to myself
I refuse
To make one more excuse



This is a song about “response.”   Think about it this way:   You might have some credit card debt right now.   What if, today, MasterCard called and said “hey man, we’re gonna cancel what you owe.   Thanks for the last payment.   You’re done.”

Wouldn’t that blow you away?!

That is what Jesus did, and it covered all aspects of our lives.   This song is about living free, and feeling the passion to help others live free too.

It’s about responding to that love.   So you can tie anything that involves a “response” into this song.   Here’s one:   Remember the “Do you love me” notes in grade school, and how excited you got when the cute boy said yes.   Remember telling all your girlfriends?   Any example of a positive response during your dating years would work too.

Other examples of “responses” that you would be excited to share include:    

      • Getting approved for a house.  
      • Getting approved for an adoption.
      • Getting accepted into a school or club.
      • Getting recognized at work

Take any of those examples and finish it with this statement:   “When we’re approved or accepted, we want to respond with excitement, and that’s what Josh Wilson is all about here...”


  • Have you ever had a guest over for dinner,
  • and you start to pray for the meal,
  • and you find yourself trying to say a little deeper prayer?
  • Instead of the standard “Dear Lord, please bless this food to our bodies” you try to get all spiritual, praying for the hands that made the meat loaf, and for the “further governance of your kingdom in our lives”
  • I think of that when I hear the chorus of this song that says “I don’t want to say another empty prayer.”
  • We don’t always have to be wordy in our prayers.   We just have to be real - and I think God wants us to be fully engaged when we talk to Him.
  • It’s what’s required in any relationship.


  • My wife wanted me to bring her some milk for a cookie she was eating.
  • So I brought one glass thinking we could share it.
  • It was then I found she wanted her OWN glass.
  • We then had about a 20 minute...um... “discussion” about how we don’t communicate well with one another.
  • It’s like this message of this song...
  • Key relationships, like the ones between husbands and wives can’t be shallow and uncaring.   You have to listen.   You have to respond.
  • And our relationship with God is a key one.
  • So that means He wants our relationships to hurting people to reflect His love.   Which means we have to be willing to listen.   We have to be willing to respond.


  • This song was written in response to a natural disaster.
  • Josh Wilson found himself praying for the victims, and instead felt led not to hide behind his prayers, and to put feet to his faith.
  • He refused to do nothing.
  • What is it that you are feeling led to DO today?
  • Instead of just saying “I’ll pray about it” what can you do to “DO something about it?”


  • In Matthew 22 if says: Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Jesus calls us to love, which also means to serve one another.
  • Josh Wilson reminds us that we can’t always be excused from that.


  • What is the one thing we always want to be excused from?
  • Jury duty.
  • Well, just like that is a requirement, God says that loving and serving one another is a requirement.
  • Here’s Josh Wilson...


  • Have you ever been in the presence of someone who lives like they don’t care?
  • Maybe someone with lousy customer service?
  • It makes you not want to shop at their store.
  • That’s why Christians should always be the first to help when there is a need.
  • When we show the world how willing we are to serve - and how we live to respond in love -  well, it causes people to want to respond to Christ’s love.

    Scripture References

    Matt 22: 37 & 38

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.


    Romans 12: 10 -12

    Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.


    2 Corinthians 5:20-21

    We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.God made him who had no sin to be sin  for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


    Isaiah 52:7

    How beautiful on the mountains  are the feet of those who bring good news,  who proclaim peace,  who bring good tidings,  who proclaim salvation,  who say to Zion,  “Your God reigns!”




    Your Own Experiences

    Next time a natural disaster happens, call someone your local red cross office, and ask them why they do what they do.


    Have you ever been involved in a natural disaster?   Talk about how everyone pitches in to help.   (For instance, all my neighbors helped clean the street after Hurricane Ike.   There was no power, so we were always outside talking to each other, sharing food, and being there for one another).


    Talk about your latest service project.   How it not only made a difference for those you were serving, but also a difference in your heart.


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