Fix your life. Traditional wisdom would tell you “why not?”
We commit a lot of mistakes in our lifetime. I know I did. The moment we get a chance to snap back to reality, is the chance for us to fix our lives and gather ourselves and fight back. For most of us this has been the unending cycle of our lives- worst is that we are falling for the same “silly” things that we did before.
I was so blessed with yesterday’s message by Pastor Dennis, for the last part of our F.A.Q. series (Knowing God’s Will…)- he talked about the hardest part of the “God’s WIll..” topic. Obedience.
You see, many Christians would agree that knowing God’s will is vital for their growth as a person. Sure! Of course it is! After all, that is where God and His people see face-to-face. In the idea that God wants us to prosper, have a good life, a fruitful life (the Jeremiah 29:11 mentality). Well, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact that is God’s promise. We ought to claim it! But, what human beings fail to understand is this concept:
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. [John 15:5, NLT]
Apart from Jesus. You. Can. Do. N O T H I N G.
The phrase “I need to fix my life” needs to be overhauled into something like “Jesus, I need You to fix my life…” Otherwise, you would be going in circles and bearing no fruit at all. Human willpower and human efforts can only get you too far- and the next thing you know, you’re back at square one. You know this, This has happened to you many times.
Unless we come to a point of surrender and desperation we cannot truly be connected to the “vine”. Our human pride would always dictate that we can do it on our own and we just need God for a little “inspiration”- that daily proverb of encouragement. If God would have wanted us just to be inspired then He wouldn’t have sent His only Son to die on that cross! Talk about over-qualification!
But what we all need is a heart change. A humbling experience. The truth that we should all stop performing and pretending that we could fix our lives apart from God’s power. Honestly, it would do most of us good, if we realize that it is easier to trust God and lay the burden of fixing our lives to Him than pretending and trying to do it on our own. Cut yourself some slack and accept the fact that you just cannot do it on your own.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” [ Matthew 11:28-30, The Message]
Tried everything but it just won’t work? Even religion cannot fix us, Jesus said that. It is only a true unrestrained relationship with Him that can truly set you free from the thought of making your life work. Do yourself a favor, let Him fix your life.
dependence, desperation, fix, human effort, John 15:5, life, Matthew 11:28-30