Christian EricksonComment

Bread or Poison

Christian EricksonComment

We are strong, we are brilliant, energetic, heroic, resilient, wise, discerning, courageous, and just plain good at what we do. We are gifted. We can do anything that is put in front of us if we put our minds to it. We can be anything that we want to be. Some may want to be doctors, some scientists, some astrologist, some teachers, mayors, police officers, basketball players, governors, and yes, some presidents. The general thought in America is that we can be whatever we want to be. That's what we are told from day one. We make life what we want it to be, we will it into reality.

This thought has invaded all of our culture, all of our minds in some way. But, is this "reality"? We even use Scripture to back up our preconceived notions of what we call reality. From Tim Tebow to a plethora of athletes and celebrities, the Scripture that comes to mind is "I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13 ESV). See, even Scripture points to this mindset. I can do anything that I set my mind to through Christ who strengths me. 

Is this true? Can we truly do all that we put our mind, energy, and heart into? Think deeply about it. I am firmly convinced that if we do think well about it, and the more we think about it, we come to find that we are limited. We are powerless. We aren't so brilliant after all, and just when we thought we had energy, we failed strength and grabbed a coffee or energy drink on the way home just to make it through the day.

The truth that we all have to come to realize is that we are limited by nature. We have all failed along the way to whatever it is that we have tried to accomplish. Even in our successes we had help along the way through others, or circumstances that we just cannot explain. 

In fact, it is in admitting that we are weak, and frail, and not able to do it on our own that real power comes on full display. Real power is demonstrated. A power that is an everlasting fountain. A brilliance and wisdom that never cease to exist. God steps on the scene in full array and displays his majesty by filling the gaps in everything that we cannot do. 

It is in going to God by dependence through prayer, relying on His words and promises, and His Spirit who aids us through great temptations and trials that we truly experience all the great attributes that we desire in ourselves. We break strongholds of sin, we reach sinners to be saved by grace, we change culture to see the glory of God, and we become united communities once separated by culture, and race. All of this is possible as we boast all the more of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

May we give up the poison of our own elixir and eat of the bread that gives us all that we need and could ever ask for. Let us give all our weaknesses to Christ by presenting ourselves in a posture that says we need Him. Let us pray. Let us ask for wisdom. Let us find promises and courage through the word of God which has been given by grace. Let us go to Him who promises, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Go to Christ and experience all the power you will ever need for life AND for godliness.