Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Ever get something in your head
It’s nothing you heard or something you read
Ever had a cut but you never saw the blade
Brought to your knees but you never pray
 
Jesus in disguise, Jehovah passing by
The burden of a tear hanging in your eye
Jesus in disguise, a star across the sky
You were looking for a king you would never recognize
Jesus in disguise
 
Ever feel like you’ve been somewhere before
You hold the key, you know which door
Speak the word your lips have never known
Because your heart told you so
 
So open my eyes wide as I can
Blind as I am, blind as I am, blind as I am, blind as I am
Open my eyes wide as I can
Blind as I am, blind as I am
Blind as I am, blind as I am
Jesus in disguise

TID-bits

This is a song about sneaking up on someone unexpectedly. I find that God tends to do that to us. Why?   I think it’s because it gives both Him and us great delight.

Think of an unexpected blessing you received, and you have your hook into the song.  

Here’s one that happened to me lately.   I was heading to the Momentum Conference.   On the way, I was praying that God would give me favor.   However, Jesus had another idea.   Right before I arrived He popped these words from Colossians 3:12-14 out at me:  

“clothe yourselves   with compassion, kindness, humility,   gentleness and patience.   Bear with each other   and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   And over all these virtues put on love,   which binds them all together in perfect unity. “

I was going into the conference focusing on me, and what I could get out of it.   He led me to focus on unity and how I could love and serve those I met.

His way, of course was better.   On Monday, after the conference, I was looking at this verse again.   I was remembering how we were all being taught that competitors could all work together to reach others for the kingdom.   His unexpected blessing was discovering that through unity we could all reach more for the kingdom, and by practicing this I also found favor too!

So look at the “unexpected blessings” of life and tie them to this song.   Things like:

  • Meeting a stranger who has just the information you need when you need it.  
  • A neighbor who offers to repair something so you don’t have to pay for it.  
  • Or anytime you get a sudden urge to pray for someone without knowing why.
  • You can even remember a time that you were an unexpected blessing to someone.   Have you ever left anyone an envelope with some money in it, or paid for a lunch for someone in need?

And remember this: Every song you play is doing some unexpected work in the life of a listener.   People are always stumbling across the right song at the right time on your station.   Use that idea to make a promo.   Take the concept of “Jesus being in Disguise” in the songs you play and produce a spot or sweeper that shows that benefit.

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  • There are billions of places on the earth, and billions of people on the planet.
  • Yet it’s amazing how you can be at a place like Disney World and run into a stranger who knows someone you know.
  • If you think about it, the odds of that happening are pretty slim.   Yet it happens all the time.
  • So why are we surprised when we bump into something that could only have been orchestrated specifically for us by God?
  • That’s all the insight you need for this (that) song.
  • Start with a story of “running into someone” at an unexpected place.
  • Describe that the odds of that actually happening are pretty slim
  • Finish with “how God likes to defy the odds” and bring the one thing needed out of billions of things on this earth directly to you.  

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  • If you’ve ever had someone text you out of the blue to say they’re praying for you, especially when you needed it,  that’s an example of this song.
  • How about returning that favor for someone else today?
  • It’s one way you could be Jesus in Disguise for someone.

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  • Things like to hide from us.
  • ...Tickets for the game ... bank statements...the baby’s pacifier....just to name a few.
  • Do you panic when those things go missing -
  • Or do you pray, and wait for Jesus to sneak in behind the scenes and work a miracle?
  • He loves to delight you with answers to prayers.

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  • Teenagers think they know everything.
  • Adults think they’ve got a grip on life’s knowledge.
  • As we grow into Senior Citizens we start to realize all the things we don’t know.
  • I think as we age, wisdom comes by realizing that only God knows it all.
  • And He’ll often surprise us by spooning out little bits of that knowledge and wisdom.
  • Are you keeping an eye out for it?

    Scripture References

    Hebrews 13:2

    Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

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    Matthew 14:25-32

    (This is an examples of Jesus originally being made known after being “unknown.”)

    During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.   When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”   they said, and cried out in fear.

    But Jesus immediately said to them:   “Take courage!   It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

    “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

    “Come,”   he said.   Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.   But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

    Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.   “You of little faith,”   he said,   “why did you doubt?”

    And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.   Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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    John 20:15-16

    (This is an example of Jesus surprising and delighting Mary after resurrecting.   You can also use the example of Thomas that shows up after these verses.   Both are examples of how Jesus likes to surprise us)

    “Woman,”   he said,   “why are you crying?   Who is it you are looking for?”   Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

    Jesus said to her,   “Mary.”   She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,   “Rabboni!”   (which means Teacher).

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    Hebrews 11:1

    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for   and certain of what we do not see.

    Your Own Experiences

    This one is pretty simple.   Describe your latest unexpected blessing and compare it to Jesus working behind the scenes in your life.

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    Especially around Halloween you can talk about Jesus working to counteract the dark things in life.   Maybe you can highlight a ministry that works with addictions, or bringing people out of bondage.

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    Describe a time when you had to fully rely on faith, where you had to be certain of what you couldn’t see.   Compare that to Jesus being unseen but still being there.

2 Responses so far.

  1. KSBJ says:

    Sterling, this is Coppelia & I have to say this is definitely one of my favorite “Taking It Deeper” song pages! All the info here is awesome! Thanks!

  2. Bill Lurwick says:

    How can we be Jesus In Disguise this Halloween?

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