Big Daddy Weave have released the official music video for their single 'This Is What We Live For'. The music video takes the song’s message to hear, embrace and act upon what we’ve been called to through three stories interwoven with Big Daddy Weave’s musical performance. The first story takes us to an Eastern Europe hospital, the second to an urban city among the homeless, and the third to Africa. These emotional depictions illustrate that we are called to where our neighbors are and to love them in word and action.
Mike shares the story behind the song:
“I started writing ‘This is What We Live For’ with a couple of heroes of mine while we were on a tour stop in Los Angeles,” shares lead singer, Mike Weaver. “I had written with amazing songwriter and worship leader Matt Redman before. He had reached out to me about getting together with him and Jonas Myrin at Jonas’ house to write. I hadn’t met Jonas, but I knew of him as Matt’s co-writer of ‘10,000 Reasons’ along with other great songs.
Leading up to that, I had been in the midst of hurting after my dad passed, after what had happened with my brother’s health and the amputation of his feet, after my mom got a cancer diagnosis and all this pressure and pain.
Around that time, I heard my pastor say that it's important to have purpose beyond your pain. That stuck with me and came into new meaning when I was given the opportunity to travel to Egypt the following month.
While I was there, I had an incredible experience re-realizing the purpose for my life. That purpose is to share the message of the Gospel, to tell people that there's more than a second chance for us. There's new life because of the love of God. Because of what He did for me and all people, the desire of my heart is to share that the love of God is for everyone and that God is for them.
When a person realizes the hope that they have in Jesus and that becomes the greater voice in a person’s life, that reveals the purpose that’s bigger than the pain. It’s like when the prophet Jeremiah says in chapter twenty, verse nine, what if I decided to stop talking about You? Jeremiah says that God’s word is in his heart like a fire, a fire shut up in his bones. He can’t hold it in.
In sharing that with Matt and Jonas along with the title and title melody that I had, we created this song as an anthem to say, this is what we live for. We want to do what You say, to go where You say go, to let the whole world know that You're the light in the darkness. We want to take the love of God everywhere and lift the name of God higher, so that all will be welcomed to You.”