This week while at Church Under the Bridge a man came up to me after the service. He told me that something I had said opened his eyes. I first had to tell him that it is the Spirit that speaks to us and the grace within him that recognizes the goodness in the words from the Spirit. The man went on to tell me that the situation with his significant other was not good and he realizes if he wants her back he had to follow Jesus. I had to stop him and explain that Jesus was not a magic eraser.
Do we all know what a magic eraser is? If you have a mark or sharpie on a wall you could take that magic eraser and wipe it away. We have a bunch of markings on our lives and want to take our magic eraser, Jesus, out and wipe it away and throw Him back in the cupboard. It doesn’t work that way. In fact it is quite the opposite. In John, Jesus tells us this, “ If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you,” John 15:18-19. We know that there will be trouble when deciding to follow Christ.
If our motivation to follow Christ is to fix our problems we will never find a lasting solution, peace, or relationship with Him. We need to realize that we have fallen short and we need a perfect savior to intercede on our behalf. We need to come to the point where we can say if I have Jesus and everything falls apart I will still praise Him in the darkness; that is a relationship, that is falling in love with who He is. Many begin with the motivation of Christ being their magic eraser, which is okay in the beginning. It is not a bad thing that the power and hope Christ is what brings us to him. In fact the more we learn of these the more we fall in love with our God, but we must mature past the magic eraser to go deeper in the love and blessings of the Lord.
We cannot fall in love with our God if we do not learn whom our God is. That is like seeing someone on the street and deciding they are the one, do you really know them to be able to say that you love them? Like we have discussed in the previous first three days I learn who my Father is by reading His word. Then I can fall in love with who He is not with what He can do for me.
When I can fall in love with Christ then my heart begins to change. My attitude begins to change. My view of my situation begins to change. Then by the logic of cause and effect a lot things begin to change. It is not the fact that I say the salvation prayer that changes my situation. When my heart changes and who I am changes, not just my actions, then I handle things differently, which is what changes my situation. Don’t get me wrong I do believe that our God is still in the business of miracles and can change anything at the flip of the switch. I am saying that I tap into the blessing of my loving Father when I begin a relationship by falling in love with who He is not what He can do for me.
We win our battles when we fall in love with Christ and then the sword of the spirit begins to do what it does, cutting away the darkness from our life and protecting us from the attacks of them enemy. We fall in love when we get into the bible and learn who God is and let go and allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
Take time to reflect on these questions.
Do I treat Christ as my personal magic eraser? Do I go to Him only in time of need?
If everything fell apart would I praise Him because He is still good?