Love Song for Number Two, by CCM artists Mickey and Becki Moore, was independently released on their own Maiden Music label, back in 1981. This song quickly rose to the number one position on many CCM radio playlists, and ultimately topped off at the number two position on the national charts.
No independent artists had ever achieved such airplay without the backing of a major label. And to this date, Love Song For Number Two is still Mickey and Becki’s most requested song, and is often played or sung at wedding ceremonies.
So why the huge success? There are always many factors that contribute to a song’s rise up the charts, but I believe what may have played a large part in this song’s “chart topping” status is the message of the lyrics. That message is simply this — people long for real love.
Love, especially to those of us who have grown up in a “western” social environment, has been so unrealistically romanticized in books, dramatic theatre, movies, and music that many who once claimed to have found it now find themselves feeling alone, betrayed, and all together lost. An unrealistic, and romanticized, idea of love will do this to you.
Even many who claim to be Christians find themselves in this predicament, romantically speaking. Christians, who have the source of true love living within their souls, end up feeling alone, broken, and shattered. Love Song for Number Two, correctly explains just how real love — God’s love — can become a reality for each of our romantic relationships, by properly disclosing how to prioritize our “love lives.” There are three points we can get from this song, which will allow us to do so.
First things first, a right relationship with our Creator must take precedent over our desired romance (Matthew 6:33). In fact, all other relationships must be made secondary to the one that God desires for all of us to have with Himself. It doesn’t matter if the association you long to see improved is with family, friends, or is romantic in nature, no human partnership will flourish if loving and pleasing God is not the main focus of that connection.
Second, the person you are longing to love must know these two things: 1) God has priority in your life and in your potential relationship, and 2) without question, they are appreciated, cared for, and loved more than any other person in your life.
Then third, you have to realize that your desires, needs, and wants must not come before the desires, needs, and wants of almighty God, and the person you are seeking the romantic relationship with. In fact, as we have discussed this idea before regarding how to become a true worshiper, we’ve shown that it requires experiencing real joy in our lives. Joy that can only be found in our serving God first, others second, and ourselves last. The acrostic, J-O-Y, makes it easier to remember:
J — Jesus (God)
O — Others
Y — You
Apply this to all of your relationships, and you will see deeper more meaningful connections than you could have ever thought imaginable. This is what Christ, Himself, modeled. Read with me this passage of Scripture from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi:
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:1-11)
Christ, Who is God, lowered Himself by becoming human. He served sinful humanity, and He did this because He longed for a loving relationship with us. Jesus sacrificed His desires, needs, and wants for our sake, and became a model of humility for us to imitate. Do you long for deep, satisfying relationships; true intimacy and real love? Then imitate true humility; mimic real love (Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:21). Pattern your relationships with others after Christ’s relationship with humanity, then experience God’s love — true love.
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