18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might… – Ephesians 1:18-19
Have you ever noticed that limitations can be such a buzz kill?
Can you imagine what could be accomplished if we could float effortlessly through the world?
We are a generation of here and now. If it is not instant, then it simply must not have value. How complacent we’ve become in the era of masked need.
(hint, hint: commonly known as wants)
Convenience is a product of our ever evolving need to be more than our limited resources. We are simply not made to conjure up more than God has placed in our fingertips. We were made to lean into our father, His spirit and His son.
Our overwhelming sense to fill a void is our inner child saying “feed me” with the good stuff.
I can remember the first time I heard the saying “inner child.” I was sitting outside a coffee shop at 7:30 AM with my pastor – a living, walking & breathing mess of a human being. I’m still a mess, but I’ve realized one critical point I’ve been missing in this thing called “faith.”
There was a piece of that conversation that struck a cord & I’ll try my best to do it justice – “if you don’t feed your inner child – it begins to start feeding on unhealthy things – regressing really rather than progressing in the connection with Christ.”
Ok, so don’t feed my inner child french fries and Zaxby’s chicken?
To put in perspective – good habits; good ritualistic behavior can form life lasting positive qualities in your life. For example, one less Twinkies bar could mean one less terrible thing ingested into your body.
The same concept can be applied to your faith. This is where filling the void comes into play. We can spend an unlimited amount of time trying to find ways to fill the void of not being happy or satisfied. Maybe…going to the gym way too much – Drinking – Sex – Avoiding responsibilities …. this list could literally go on forever and be so many different things for you.
We were never given unlimited resources at our fingertips. But, alas, there is help inside our own being to understand a better way to fill the void.
Enter Holy Spirit.
When Jesus chose to pick up our cross and rose to be present with us he gave us an immeasurable gift – his life giving spirit aka the holy spirit.
Our limited resources to cope with daily ins and outs of work, life and all its baggage does not have to be done by us constantly breaking our backs to overcome the weight.
Hint, hint – the verse above…
Brennan Manning (Abba’s Child) put’s this perfectly…
“I pray that you may realize how vast are the resources of His spirit available to us… We must rely not on our limited resources, but on Christ’s limitless power of the risen Christ.”
Jesus chose you that even in suffering there is a weightless “taken care of” intention of living in His defeat of death over death.
This ability to feel joy in uncomfortable situations, during lows & highs & it is literally living inside of us. So, it is important to feed our spirit with good fruit.
That fruit looks like…deliberate awareness of Christ. Our hope is directly connected with our conscious awareness of his resurrection & presence in our daily lives. The more we chose to allow Christ to flood our spirit with his love – we are less inclined to change appearances, win approval & depend on relationships that have no fruit to gain.
Is this an easy thing? NO!
It’s a daily dose of showing up as you are and asking Jesus to do the rest with you.
“Cut off from me you can do nothing” – John 15:5
Just like making a relationship with your partner work, you have to do work. Every day you wake up to the person you love – you have to make a choice – “Today I will love you as strong as yesterday if not stronger…Today I choose you.”
It’s the same thing with Jesus.
To stay in awareness, or as John likes to say “the light” it takes courage and a daily “Yes” to Him. Letting go of our limited power for Jesus’ unlimited is well worth the effort.
My daily prayer for you and myself is to wake up, feed my spirit with good things and ask for the sight to see Jesus in all things that surround – and hopefully to be a reflection of that such love.
And, the people said – “Amen.”