“If you knew there was an intersection where 50% of the people who drove through it were killed, wouldn’t you find a different route home?” Lysa TerKeurst’s pastor asked this question to their church and I think it’s a question that acts as a good umbrella for life.
A different route home. Makes good sense.
So, why do I keep crashing?
Could it be that I am still going through the same deadly intersection? Someone said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything at all. Maybe a little simplistic, but it strikes at the heart of the matter.
Ah, the HEART… You don’t have to be around Southern Hills Christian Church very long before you are reminded of the heart issue.
Last Sunday morning, Brooke Johnson talked about the brokenness of her life—a brokenness that ultimately erupted like hot lava and spewed over all her Christian activities, leaving her devastated, depleted, and exhausted. At that point she realized what was happening: “I was building my kingdom, not His. I became bigger and bigger; God became smaller and smaller.”
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24, NLT). The heart just does not have the capacity to give itself to two things at one time. And whatever god you choose to build your kingdom around, other than the Lord, will always be too small for life.
So, how do we break down the idols of the heart that are just not big enough to get us Home? Brooke began where we all have to begin—surrender. It has to begin right here. THY kingdom come, not my kingdom come (Matthew 6:10). Brooke decided that being a butterfly floating in the freedom of the skies and sucking the sweet nectar of God’s goodness was far superior to being a caterpillar crawling in the dirt and punching neat little holes in cabbage leaves. Resurrection to new life!
There has never been a resurrection without there first being a death. The Apostle Paul said, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NLT).
Will you make a commitment to pray with me for thirty days in your first waking moments: “Thy Kingdom Come”? A rock-solid surrender to God beats the heck out of those deadly intersections.