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Fade Away




If you’re not in it
Then I don’t want it
Let all else fade away
Take the whole world
But give me Jesus
Let all else fade away
– Fade Away

To be honest, those aren’t easy words to sing unless we understand Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:39: “All who seek to live apart from Me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for My sake and surrender it all to Me will discover true life!”

It seems backward, but it’s in surrendering every part of our lives to Jesus that we discover true life.

Why? Because we weren’t created to follow a cause, we were created to know a Person. We were created by and for Jesus. “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:17)

When God clarifies our vision, and Jesus comes into focus, the rest of the picture becomes auxiliary. God has given each of us gifts, talents, and desires that, if stewarded with excellence, bring us joy and point people to Jesus. But it’s when Jesus becomes our treasure that everything else fades away, and we are able to say with Paul, “Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him“ (Philippians 3:8 MSG).

Then, and only then, does Isaiah 26:8 begin to take root in our hearts, “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and Your renown are the desire of our souls.” Let this be true of us. Jesus, You are the treasure!

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Isaiah 26:8


Speak to me
You’re the only voice I want to hear
Walk with me
Show me who You are as I draw near

If You’re not in it
Then I don’t want it
Let all else fade away
Take the whole world
But give me Jesus
Let all else fade away

You’re the only one I’ll ever need
Holy fire
Burn away the old that stands between

Cause Your name
Is the only name that matters
Your heart
Is all that I desire
Not my will
But Yours alone forever
Here’s my life, have Your way

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 10:39
  • Colossians 1:17
  • Philippians 3:8
  • Isaiah 26:8

Further Reading

Passion Music Passion has ushered in the writing, recording, and leading of some of the most recognizable and unforgettable worship anthems of this generation and is led by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, Melodie Malone, and a new wave of voices including Sean Curran and Chidima. Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder, Christy Nockels, and more have also lent their voices alongside Passion throughout the years.