It’s easy to confuse church with a self-help program.
Small group time can start to look like group therapy.
Talk about your feelings.
You can change. Get back up. Don’t give up.
We’re behind you 100%.
We love you.
You even feel better after you leave church. You’re not as afraid. You’re not as worried. Your walk is a little bit lighter.
You tell yourself you can last until next week.
You do it over and over again until eventually you die and meet Jesus when you won’t have worries and anxiety any more and all will be well.
It’s all about your comfort, after all.
It’s about developing your necessary coping mechanisms to be stronger.
And it makes me sick.
No wonder people burn out on small group. No wonder they stop coming.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that you could learn to get over your worry.
Jesus didn’t lay down his life so that you could feel better about yourself.
Listen to what Paul says in Romans 13:11 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep”.
It’s time to wake up Christian!
Christ didn’t die so that your portfolio would be more secure, although trusting him may help your portfolio.
He didn’t die so that your relationships would be happier, though doing what He says will inevitably heal your relationships.
He didn’t die to make sure your wish list prayer requests got answered, although He is a God who delights in answering his children.
No – Christ didn’t die to make you god.
Christ died to set you free.
He died to give you new life.
He died to infuse life and freedom into your very core.
The Christian life is not about getting better; it’s about being different.
It’s not about trying harder, it’s about letting go.
It’s not about living better, it’s about dying to self.
It’s not about me, me, me. It’s about Him, Him, Him.
It’s time to wake up, Christian.
It’s time to remember that there’s a world out there that’s dying.
So get better – but do it so that you can help others get better.
And stand up again – because there’s someone waiting to lean on you.
And smile, and find joy, and lighten up, and stop worrying, because others need to see it.
And when you live like you’re free, they can’t help but see:
Jesus is alive, and He died to set you free.
That’s not self help. It’s eternal life.
It’s not self actualization. It’s total transformation.
It’s not up and down, one step forward two steps back Christianity. It’s living in daily victory. It’s freedom.
Do you have it?