Have you ever tried to do something but you just didn’t have enough strength to do it? This feeling is a lot like what I like to call the “Washi Tape” now washi tape has beautiful designs and makes for a great show, but whenever you try to use it to hold up something heavy, it can fail you. The tape does not have a ton of strength to be able to hold something heavy.
We are a lot like Washi Tape. We are able to look really good, and we can hold up a few things, but when something heavy comes into our life we fail.
We fail because we are sinners (Romans 3:23).
We fail because we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We fail because we are unrighteous (1 John 1:9).
We fail because we are lazy, hateful, awful, and horrid wretched sinners in need of a savior. That sounds pretty brutal, doesn’t it? Yet it is true.
There is hope. Jesus, God’s son, took on flesh, lived the perfect life, never failed, had so much strength, and died a sinner’s death. Jesus is full evidence that God is perfect, God is hated, and God loves.
The world sent a ton of heavy, and hateful things his ways. Most people would be trampled and overcome with all he faced. Yet Jesus stood true, and never let what happened to him overcome him.
Jesus did things we can only dream about, he called powerful people out even when it was considered “wrong” (Matthew 23) he faced temptation in the eye and said no (Matthew 4:1-11). In every situation Jesus faced he leaned not onto himself, but unto the Lord. He found his strength in the Lord. He wasn’t all for the show, and he didn’t make himself look good. Instead, he was like your everyday strong, grey Duck Tape. He leaned not onto his own understanding, but the Lord’s.
Now here’s the hard thing, “How can you be more like Jesus?”. This truly is a difficult thing to think about. Jesus, a perfect person, seems almost impossible to even look at, to be in the presence of, and to think about living like him. Now here’s a little hope, we get the opportunity to be in a personal relationship with Jesus.
In other words, we have an opportunity to rely not on our own strength but on his (Philippians 4:6-7).
God’s holiness and goodness is very far from our own understanding
(1 Samuel 2:2). So being in a personal relationship with him is actually very humbling. Having to understand just how fallen, and broken we are makes being humble SO important, and so vital.
God’s designed us from the beginning to be in a personal relationship with him (Genesis) when sin entered into this world we were then forced out of the relationship. See because God is so Holy, and we are not, we can not be in a relationship. That’s why in the old testament they had to burn offerings for every single sin, just to try to be able to have a relationship with God. (Leviticus 1:1-17).
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. – C.S Lewis
You have to be humble, willing, and raw with God. YOU have to lower yourself to the point of nothing, to even be something for God.
These are all attributes of Jesus, there are still a ton (Galatians 5:22-23)
What is strength?
What the Bible says:
“My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalms 73:25
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” – Isaiah 40: 29
What the world says:
“the quality or state of being physically strong.”
“measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.”
In other words, the Bible says: God is strength
While the world says: You got this, and you can do this.
Strength is not found outside, it is found within, and within you there is nothing. So how in the world do you “got this” when you have nothing?
“You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”
God is strength, God is all you need. No self-help book or motivational speaker will tell you that, but the Bible, God’s word will. Gaming, food, sex, or anything will not make you feel better. Working out will only get you so far until you are drained. Self-care, won’t take care of you. Self-love, won’t really love you. Nothing’s gonna help you in this world. Even things like the stars this world corrupted. Now we “worship” them instead of dwell on how good God is through them.
Slow down, except your failures, and surrender to Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-6
This verse says “lean not…” and I think everybody knows the image of people leaning onto Jesus, but how perfect is that image. Physically, and mentally leaning onto Jesus.
Let’s change this view of “Self-sufficient” into “Christ dependent”