i want the things you just can’t give me

These are lyrics to “Rich Young Ruler” written by Derek Webb.  The song is basically a conversation between, a man most of us would easily identify with, and Jesus Christ.  The lyrics are good to read, but with the sweet melody it’s a little less striking.

The lyrics from the perspective of Jesus are featured in BOLD.
The lyrics from the perspective of this man are featured in ITALICS.

The main reason I post these lyrics is that they have been haunting me since I heard them.  Too often I have failed in giving up my comforts for the benefits of others, I want the things Jesus just can’t give me.  Too often I place my comfort in the ways I’m living right, using them as an excuse to ignore other areas of obedience. Jesus Christ wants the things we are too stubborn to give Him as well.  There’s got to be a law against other people writing biographical songs about you.

Rich Young Ruler

poverty
is so hard to see
when its only on your t.v.
or twenty miles across town

where we’re all living so good
we’ve moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash

He says “more than just your cash and coin,
I want your time
I want your voice,
I want the things you just can’t give me” 
so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we’ve made up
come on and follow Me
sell your house, sell your S.U.V.
sell your stocks and your security
and give it to the poor
well what is this?
hey what’s the deal?
I don’t sleep around and I don’t steal
but I want the things You just can’t give me 
I want the things You just can’t give me 
because what you do to the least of these
my brothers you have done it to me

I want the things you just can’t give me
I want the things you just can’t give me
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About clydeblogs
I am husband to my sweetheart Lisa, and we are parents of our sweetheart Claire Renae and the curiously cute Evan. I wish I could say that I speak a little, and think a lot, but I think I speak a lot and think less than I should.

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