"I Don't Want It" is their newest single from their third album Tired of Basic, which will be releasing April 13. I had the chance to speak with Brooke and Lauren about "I Don't Want It."
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
Lauren: We wrote the song in the studio, and it was very spontaneous and Holy Spirit driven. As we were writing the song, we had been talking a lot about living out our big dreams and the calling that God has put on our lives and not living the basic. At the same time, how do you know the calling that God has in your life and can you live that out? You can't fully live out your purpose without God.
We were somewhat inspired by our own gibberish. We created the track and the melody and vibe of the song without lyrics, and we kept singing "I Don't Want It" along with the track. We asked ourselves what that meant and wrote this song.
Brooke: We prayed about our dreams and asked Him, "what we are supposed to be doing in those moments?" It's impossible to do what you are called to do without the caller, God. We want this song to not just be about praying for dreams to be true, but to ask God what we should be doing and make the commitment that whatever we have dreamed up to be the next steps, to stop and say "I don't want it if it's without You. I don't want to take the next steps without God." We need to remember that our dreams are meaningless if they are without God.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
John 15:5(NKJV): "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
John 15:4-8(MSG): "Live in Me. Make your home in Me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with Me." I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from Me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with Me and My Words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how My Father shows who He is-when you produce grapes, when you mature as My disciples."
John 1:3(NIV): "Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made."
John 14:8(NIV): Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
John 15:18(VOICE): "If you find that the world despises you, remember that before it despised you, it first despised Me."
John 18:36(VOICE): "My kingdom is not recognized in this world. If this were My kingdom, My servants would be fighting for My freedom. But My kingdom is not in this physical realm."
Matthew 6:32-34(VOICE): "Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don't realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today."
Luke 16:13(VOICE): "Imagine you're a servant and you have two masters giving you orders. What are you going to do when they have conflicting demands? You can't serve both, so you'll either hate the first and love the second, or you'll faithfully serve the first and despise the second. One master is God and the other is money. You can't serve them both."
Acts 2:28(VOICE): "Instead You direct me on a path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment."
Hebrews 13:5(NKJV): Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Philippians 1:27(NLT): "Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News."
Philippians 3:14(NLV): "My eyes are on the crown. I want to win the race and get the crown of God's call from heaven through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:20(NLV): "But we are citizens of heaven. Christ, the One Who saves from the punishment of sin, will be coming down from heaven again. We are waiting for Him to return."
Ecclesiastes 2:11(NLT): "But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless-like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere."
Hebrews 13:14(NLT): "For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come."
What is the takeaway message?
Brooke: The song is about holding our dreams up to God. We are calling out to God, saying "I don't want this if it's without You."
Matthew 6:19-34 talks about not storing up treasures on earth. Everything here can be destroyed and taken, but when our treasure is set on heavenly things, nothing can take that away. That is the true treasure, the real diamond. It goes on to talk about worry and our needs, yet our Father will take care of us and give us everything we want in Him.
We are big advocates of being loving people. This world is so hateful right now. We can't be united if we are not being loving with each other. Above all else is love, like the Bible says. As LoveCollide, we are big on asking questions. Why do I believe what I believe? The biggest way to become a rebel and find truth in Jesus Christ is when you take yourself out of going along with what people have told you, step out of the box and break out and get passionate about what you are doing in Jesus.
Lauren: We want to be rebellious about all the things that aren't of God and be obedient to God and His Holy Spirit. We cling to that every day. Our message is not to live basic lives but to live an extraordinary life.
Life offers many attractive things that can distract us or steal our attention. We try to find fulfillment and satisfaction in things that are artificial and will ultimately leave us helpless and hopeless. They look great initially, and for a season they might even lure us into a false satisfaction. The truth is, without God we have no life at all. Everything was made for Christ. Our very next breath comes from Him and goes back to Him. So why do we try to find our life outside of Christ and His perfect will for us?
The One who knows us, the One who created us, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves, He is the only One who will truly satisfy our souls. We simply want more of God, for He is enough! His grace is sufficient, and all we need is in Him. Too often, we are not seeking Him, and so we feel like He is not enough, but in reality, we are not giving enough of ourselves to Him! We want more, more of You God!
Lyrics: This is it, nothing left of me
I've been chasing things I really thought I'd need
Like dead end diamonds, an artificial kind of love
Been so blinded, but turns to dust
Everything that I hold on to
I am letting go
Every dream I made without You
You can take it all
I don't want it if it's without You
I don't want it, nothing else will do
All in all You are everything
All that's left, I won't ever need
So I don't want it, I just want You
You are it. You are everything
I'm surrendering all I used to be
You are perfect. You're the endless kind of love
You're my purpose. Let Your will be done
You are more. I want more of You God
You are more. Give me more of You God
You are more and I want more of You God
You are more. So give me more of You God
Everything that I held on to
I'm letting go
Every dream I made without You
You'll be raising your heart and hands in worship along with this great new song. I hear in Lauren's and Brooke's stellar vocals a sincere yearning for Jesus and thankfulness in their hearts for God's mercy and grace. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song filled with biblical truth. The Christian life is about making a decision to live for Christ and not for ourselves.
I want to run the race for Christ and not live for the world. Do you have something you are seeking that is of this world? It is convicting and comforting to know that God doesn't want us to be anxious about anything or have fear or worry. The key to the freedom from those things is to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness," which this song beautifully captures.
Matthew 6:34 reminds us, "So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today." Being married for over 20 years and having 3 daughters, I've seen how both women and men deal with the fear of man and the fear of failure and disappointment. We strive too often in perfectionism. The answer to that is found in Romans 2:29: "And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people."
This song does a wonderful job of challenging the world's definition of happiness. The world considers finding contentment in having possessions and financial security to be what matters. This song is a sacrifice of praise to Jesus. It recognizes that sanctification and spiritual joy can only come from God. Jesus tells us in His Word, "You cannot serve God and money." God asks us to stretch ourselves and find faith in the unseen things of God. Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are those who have not seen, and still believe." Paul tells us to "walk by faith, and not by sight." Those verses are my heart's cry, which this song captures. Make these words your prayer: "I don't want it, if it's without You!" Amen to that!
Watch the music video below.
NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
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