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Customer Service Christianity

Why does our spirituality seem to increase at the same rate of our difficulties?

Is anybody else out there guilty of treating their relationship with Jesus like customer service… only calling on him when something is wrong? We confuse Jesus for a genie if our only connection to him is in our time of need.

Of course he wants to be our source of help and hope in the middle of life’s challenges. However, he wants something better for us. Jesus is capable of being so much more than your spiritual 911 call. He desires a closeness with you through it all; the good times and bad.

The trials we experience are the stages where our faith performs for the world to see. An athlete who misses practice won’t play very well at the game. A musician who doesn’t rehearse won’t have a strong recital. Remaining steady with Jesus when life is good is the practice field for trusting him when life is bad.

Don’t wait until you feel you need Jesus to actually need Jesus. What does it look like to want Jesus and not just need him? It's a choice we have to make to maintain this connection through spiritual disciplines.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

To remain in Jesus means to seek consistency with him. Let’s learn to reflect on him when things are good so we make the most of our faith when things are bad.

What's one thing you can do this week to "remain" in Jesus?

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My life is steadied by three anchors - Jesus, my family, and grilling. If you hang around here, I hope you'll see that to be true, not just an aspiration. You'll probably also see room for improvement in how I relate to all three. I'm a tremendous beneficiary of grace in just about every area of my life. Jesus has been my king for 20 years and for 15 of those I've been serving his church. I couldn't ask for a better job than pastoring. Erica stole my heart 10 years ago and we've been married for 8. So much of our world revolves around our 2 kids, Declan and Adelaide. Erica and I are both on staff at church in the Atlanta, Georgia area called More Life Change.


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