As I write this, I’m struggling to find the right words to type. I desperately want to express grace, while laying out truth. I’m not sure if I’ll do justice to the important nature of what I’m about to address. So, here it goes…
Part of the reason I’m writing this is because I can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. I can’t keep talking about God and His abundant love without speaking truth into people’s lives. I just finished reading the book Anything by Jennie Allen. This book and Jennie’s passion rocked my world. As I wrote in the last post about wanting to be all in when it comes to experiencing God, this book affirmed that commitment. I was able to read stories of people who trusted God with “anything” that came their way.
I want to trust God in the same way. I want to be open to His work. A big part of what I believe He’s calling me to do is to share with you. When I started this blog, I wasn’t entirely sure what would come of it. I began sharing things I was experiencing in my life – a lot of it having to do with choices and lessons I learned while abroad. When I got back to America, I felt a pressing need to share Biblical truth. While being positive and enjoying life are not bad things, my writing, at first, was reflective of very surface-level life changes. I wasn’t sharing the core of what I was experiencing at a heart level.
If you’ve been reading my posts over the past few months, you may have noticed a difference in my writing. I’m liking the change and I hope you’re enjoying it, too. It’s important to me to be transparent. Those life changes I ran after were first inspired by the work of Christ in my life.
Now that I’ve rambled a little about the focus of this blog, I want to address the reason I first sat down to write this post.
Over the past week, I’ve noticed many posts on Facebook about addictions. A lot of my friends have written numbered lists of things they are “addicted to.” The addictions are mainly foods, drinks, material items, significant others and television shows. From what I’ve gathered, if you “like” a status with an addiction list, then you are a given a number to signify the amount of addictions you will share.
When I first saw these addiction posts, I read them and found it interesting to see what things were most important to my friends. Some of the addictions I could have guessed, while others came as a surprise. One thing I noticed, though, is that the things my friends were addicted to were not of eternal purpose. Obviously, not everyone I connect with on Facebook posted, but among those who did, I saw many worldly addictions.
I’m not here to condemn someone’s love for Diet Coke or chocolate. I tend to enjoy worldly pleasures as much as the next person, but I find it sad that people are so apt to claim an addiction to food or sports before God. So, then I began to wonder what addictions are coming before God in my life? If I were being completely honest, is there anything I crave more than time with the Lord? I mean, I do love to eat ice cream and to laugh with friends. But are those my addictions? Can I live without them?
As believers, we must constantly reaffirm Christ’s place as first in our lives. Things of this world will draw us in, and if we are not careful, we can be easily led astray. That’s why it’s so important to be in constant conversation with God through prayer and His word.
The Bible addresses addictions to things of this world.
1 John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
Addictions to things are not coming from God. He doesn’t want us to be consumed by earthly desires.
I like what the Apostle Paul has to say in his first letter to the church in Corinth.
Paul wrote, “‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be enslaved by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Through the freedom found in following Christ, we are no longer held to the covenant laws the Jewish people had to obey. However, that newly-found freedom wasn’t meant for recklessness. When Christ fulfilled the Law and made us free, it wasn’t for the purpose of indulging in things of the world, but it was freedom to stand firm – freedom to abstain from worldly passions.
The Apostle Paul is trying to explain that while there is free will to act, not everything one chooses to partake in will be beneficial. He also warns about being enslaved by these things that are lawful. Being enslaved is synonymous with holding an addiction. Paul is setting an example by avoiding addiction.
What if instead of being addicted to Starbucks, our boyfriends, or Essie nail polish, we were addicted to the God of the Universe? What if we became so attached to Our Creator that we never let Him go? What if we actually trusted Him instead of tossing and turning all night with anxiety? Here’s what would happen: THE WORLD WOULD CHANGE.
If we became radically addicted to God and and his boundless love, we would listen to His call on our lives. Orphans would be adopted, our neighbors would accept Christ, the hungry would be fed, and widows would be loved. The things we are burdened with wouldn’t seem so bad. God would use us to change the world.
My prayer today is that you would be freed from worldly addictions and would run hard and fast after God. He’s already given you His word. Trust Him.
Thank you for reading.
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