Digging Into The Mound

I’m posting a fourth time this week… Shocking, right?

If you read yesterday’s post, you saw that I’ve been having trouble keeping my priorities straight. Today, I picked up a book I’ve been reading on and off for a few months and since it’s been a week or so since I’ve read, I started by reading back through my highlights in the previous chapter. I figured it would kind of get me back on track. And what I read in my highlights only underscored and emphasized what God’s been telling me recently and what I wrote about yesterday. So, I thought I’d share it for discussion’s sake.

In case you missed yesterday’s post and don’t have time (or interest) to look back, let me summarize by saying that I often struggle with making other things priorities ahead of my relationship with God. But God is reminding me that I have to be intentional about keeping our relationship healthy. Neglecting the relationship will only make it (and me) suffer.

From Paul David Tripp’s Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands:

“…we have a natural bent to turn away from the Creator to serve the creation. We turn away from hope in a Person to hope in systems, ideas, people, or possessions. Real Hope stares us in the face, but we do not see him. Instead, we dig into the mound of human ideas to extract a tiny shard of insight. We tell ourselves that we have finally found the key, the thing that will make a difference. We act on the insight and embrace the delusion of lasting personal change. But before long, disappointment returns. The change was temporary and cosmetic, failing to penetrate the heart of the problem. So, we go back to the mound again, determined to dig in the right place. Eureka! We find another shard of insight, seemingly more profound than before. We take it home, study it, and put it into practice. But we always end up in the same place.

“The good news confronts us with the reality that heart-changing help will never be found in the mound. It will only be found in the Man, Christ Jesus…

“We cannot treat the Bible as a collection of therapeutic insights. To do so distorts its message and will not lead to lasting change. If a system could give us what we need, Jesus would never have come. But he came because what was wrong with us could not be fixed any other way. He is the only answer…” (Tripp, 8-9)

And this brings me back to the truth that brought me to choose Jesus to begin with. I am simply amazed by the fact that He has the remedy and the answer—He’s the way, the truth, and the life—and He loves me so much that He wants to share it all with me. He sacrificed everything so that He could eventually spend forever with me. Now, there’s a kind of love I’ve never felt before. And it’s a kind of love I can’t afford to give up.

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