I heard some of the New Year’s performances that were broadcast last night. Beyonce singing about how she wants people to know and never forget that she was here. Another artist singing about how they just want to celebrate and “live [their] life”. There’s a lot of “pride of life” going on in these songs.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 John 2:16)
One of the major themes of the first angel’s message in Revelation 14:6-7 is that God calls human beings to recognize the distinction between their Creator and themselves. Worship God as the Creator and Source of life. God calls us to acknowledge that we are not equal to Him as part of our act of worshipping Him. After all, you can’t worship God if you don’t also acknowledge that He is greater than you. And yet, people like Beyonce blast the message that they equate themselves with God. If that sounds exaggerated, take a thoughtful look at the song lyrics of some popular songs. Far from worshipping God, popular artists frequently worship themselves (and each other).
In a very real way, we can’t really say, like Bon Jovi, “It’s my life.” It’s not our life. Sorry to break it to any of these famous artists, or anyone else for that matter, but we really don’t own our lives. As much as those who don’t choose to love, worship, and give their lives to God might want to express their rebellion and disdain toward Him, they still can’t escape the fact that their every waking moment happens only by His power and because of His grace, that they draw every breath they breathe from His nostrils. The God they despise and seek to disgrace is the only reason they can exist. There is no possibility of life apart from Christ, because He is life. Every human life is a tangible, visible monument to the continued grace of God.
Sorry, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, and anybody else who uses the expression, “It’s my life,” to excuse their wrong behavior. It’s not your life you’re living. Your life is borrowed, not owned. It’s ownership resides with the One who made it.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. (John 1:4)
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 John 5:11-12)
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)