Spiritual Growth

What is that smell?

Hmm, what’s that smell?  I was  listening to new tunes,  walking and worshiping when out of no where a smell came barging in .  Sniff….my mind whirred underneath my baseball cap trying to identify the smell. What is that?  OH YEAH…that’s marijuana!!  I look around and there, on his porch at about 9:20 a.m., was a man perhaps about my age, smoking pot! I just had to smile and laugh.

As he was smoking his pot  and enjoying his morning, I too was enjoying mine! High on the Love of Jesus as I  listened to Toby Mac sing Love is in the House and King and Country singing Proof of Your Love!

I continued to smile big and these thoughts came racing through my brain:  I’m happy because Jesus loves me.  Jesus is free,  Jesus is legal ( in our country anyway), Jesus is eternal, He is always available and with me! And isn’t that really, if we simplify it all down..what Jesus wants?

Jesus wants us addicted to Him!!

According to the dictionary, the definition of addicted is: physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. Enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity.

Whatever we become addicted to that is not Jesus will betray us, disappoint us, hurt us, hurt those around us and ultimately rob us. Unless our addiction is Jesus, our addiction is a liar and a thief.

In the New Testament, Jesus says over and over, “I tell you the truth”.  I believe He did this because we are told and believe so many lies and He knows that these lies lead us to addictions that are cheap substitutes for Him.

In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

In John 12:46 and 47, Jesus says, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark…for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.”

Addiction is a constant need or dependency and Jesus wants us to constantly need and depend on Him! Who or what is more trustworthy and dependable than Jesus?  Jesus, who died and rose again to save us!

Prayer:

Dear Jesus:  Help me to see where I’ve settled for less than you and accepted cheap substitutes for you that are ultimately disappointing and costly.  Show me what I’m addicted to that is not you.  Help me to become addicted to you and only you.  Amen.

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