Shout-out to my colleague, Karen Hall, for bringing this question up during our latest Messenger Fellowship Zoom call…
What keeps us from being addicted to Jesus?
Scripture references: Ephesians 1:19-20; Colossians 3:1
In fewer words, not living the full Gospel…in the fullness of hope. One could say the answer to what compromises our hope is also the answer to this question.
Yet, digging deeper, I believe a good chunk of this comes down to entitled expectations concerning the new life we have. For some of us, we think like Martha through the lens of ‘becoming’, not ‘it is finished’; for others, the concept of a ‘new thing’ may be a ‘new way’ tied to an ‘old thing’ in disguise.
Whatever the case, to be addicted to Jesus, it’s important we give into God as our default, not just as a ‘go-to’ option. For instance, we may want to help more people in more situations ‘Christ in us’; however, if we deny our help as anything without helplessness, are we really capturing the love and life of Jesus? Are we really capturing the power of Cross in our arenas of influence? Or are we content letting worldly systems (and our proximity to them) get in the way?
I know for me, independence has a way of exposing my attitude towards Jesus. To the extent I shy away from weakness, to that extent I yield to self-preservation and self-effort. At times, it’s almost as I’d rather embrace defeats I can understand than total sufficiency I can’t. Perhaps some are like me wondering what might happen if they have too much of Jesus? As if there’s an imaginary cutoff…or overdose limit?
Either way, the problems with independence are many, but if I had to pick some common themes, I’d say…
1. It hinders daily abiding.
2. It chains us to ‘old creation’ thinking/keeps us from celebrating our 100% helplessness in light of God’s 100% sufficiency
3. It distracts us from Jesus/wanting to be like him.
4. It separates Christ and Cross as the source of our new creation.
No wonder so many feel dead where they’re alive, alive where they’re dead, and thirsty to cope to bridge the divide.
Looking ahead, if there is a follow-up to this bonus post, I’ll look to discuss the following…
- How we, as business leaders, can rest in victory and be released in confidence knowing our future is guaranteed.
- How intercession is an expression of our certainty in Christ’s power to save.
- How God guarantees outcomes is core to his sovereignty.
Stay blessed and healthy, my friends…