Christianity’s biggest lie is as follows: “following the commands Christ set before us is our loftiest goal.”
By Christianity, I do not mean Christ’s teachings, but how things are often taught. I, sadly, am partly to blame for this. I’ve done youth ministry, and a lot of times it seems like we, as youth pastors, are teaching things such as don’t cuss, don’t listen to music that pulls you from God, don’t get in fights, love others, don’t become addicted to drugs, don’t have sex outside of marriage, etc. You get the picture…. While I stand firmly behind these statements, they miss the point. It is a band-aid on a gaping wound.
What we as Christians need to do is strive to know Jesus, love Jesus, follow Jesus, and to reflect His character because that is what it is all about in the end. It is about falling deeply, madly, head-over-heels in love with our Lord (the Ruler of our lives) and Savior (the one who saved us from our sins). Those other things…they will fade with time. The more you push for Christ, the less exciting drugs will seem. The more you share intimacy with Christ and receive love from Christ, the less desire you will have for false intimacy with others. He is your ultimate fulfillment, my ultimate fulfillment; Lord, I need you.
We need to push forward, to do whatever it takes to get close to Jesus. It is in His proximity that we will receive healing (Mark 2:3-5). His light will shine on all our dark places, bring to light our sins & struggles, and lovingly weed them out, accepting us where we are but not leaving us to rot in our sin, providing that way out (1 Corinthians 10:13), because He is good.
Lord I want to fall deeply, madly in love with you
I want my heart to break for what breaks yours
I want to know you closer
but… maybe I should stop focusing on what I want.
Lord, what do you have for me?