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Our culture is consumed with satisfying our needs however we deem best, but we still crave more. We are created to to be filled by Christ alone.



I’ve been asking myself the same question for the past month. It’s that scene from You’ve Got Mail where Kathleen Kelly says, “I’m wondering about my work and all. I mean, what is it that I do exactly? All I really do is run a children’s bookstore…” Except I exchange bookstore for ministry. Couldn’t anyone do this job?

There are days when my heart and flesh fail. I want to get through a Sunday morning with zero hiccups and have so many volunteers I have to turn people away. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. He shows me how need leads to Him being able to show up at the last minute and save the day. God really likes to do that because He gets all the glory!

Our culture is consumed with satisfying our needs however we deem best, but we still crave more. We are created to to be filled by Christ alone.

Consumed: Too Many Options

It’s easy to slip into the show up, fill up, go home mentality. It’s like an entire generation of pirates, “Take what you need. Give nothing back.” Every day presents us with scads of choices. Do you want a small or medium latte?  Would you rather have chicken or hamburgers for dinner? Should you go with highlights, balayage or a solid color at the salon? Our options are abundant. When we walk through the doors of our churches it’s enticing to bring those expectations with us.

Options have been a thriving part of western society for the last few generations. As a result, self-absorption is now an inbred disease. We’ve all seen adults acting like toddlers, right? When they don’t get their way they whine and moan. Maybe you are that person. I’ve certainly digressed to infantile behavior on more than one occasion. It wasn’t pretty. I’m glad you weren’t there to see it.

Some churches succumb to giving tantrum-throwers a watered-down gospel that neither convicts nor produces change. At best, it offers a gold “I went to church today” sticker. Maybe we saw a few friends and got goose bumps during one of the worship songs. In our society we are easily bored. If something doesn’t dazzle us we’re on to the next thing.

Consumed: What We Need

Hold up! The gospel is dazzling! The Christian life is never boring! So what are we missing?

God takes our lives and changes our story. He fixes our mess and changes our want-to. Jesus doesn’t charge us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness so everything we need might be given to us. No; He said He will give us all the other things we need.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10, ESV

The early days of my faith were just that—faith. I professed Jesus Christ as Lord and by faith I continued to claim Christianity. But now I have come to know and believe the love God has for me.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

1 John 4:16, ESV

Our culture is consumed with satisfying our needs however we deem best, but we still crave more. We are created to to be filled by Christ alone.

He is the One and only. I want to be done toying around like this faith owes me something for being a long-standing member. Need motivates. Rapidly consuming and moving on to the next thing seems to merely produce more clutter. And don’t we all long for a simplified life?

His love heals the self-absorbed ego and enables us to notice and be sensitive to others around us.

Timothy Keller


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Our culture is consumed with satisfying our needs however we deem best, but we still crave more. We are created to to be filled by Christ alone.

 

Evan Dennis


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About the author
Emily Jones
I am a recovering princess and co-founder of Jonestown which is made up of my steadfast husband, Sean, and our 3 children who have all reached double digits. Embracing the value of change is a constant theme in my life. As a teen I swore I would never marry a man who was in the ministry or military. God has a beautiful sense of humor as I have been married to an Army man for 19 years, and I myself am pursuing a master's degree in biblical counseling.

Comments (19)

  1. This: “The gospel is dazzling! The Christian life is never boring!” Amen, and Amen! So thankful for Jesus. For what He has done. Because the gospel changes everything.

    1. I love looking back and being able to see the moment where I was done waiting and God was still working His plan to perfection. It’s so sweet to have the gift of seeing Him work things for our good!

  2. The challenging part of this post, ” Too many choices Distract us from what we truly need”. This was true of me, but now, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back. I pray that God would help us to stay focus on what we truly need (Jesus)

  3. Oh I love this! “He is the One and only. I want to be done toying around like this faith owes me something for being a long-standing member.” By the way I seriously had to look up balayage! I had no idea.

  4. This is a good reminder, “It’s easy to slip into the show up, fill up, go home mentality” when I cringe when asked to help out at church. I keep running away from volunteering on other people’s terms when I really need to be open to it because God may be using me in a way I am uncomfortable with yet it’s His will. Thank you for this post.

    1. I don’t know if you’ve ever read “Show Them Jesus”by Jack Klumpenhower, but it revolutionized the way I view children’s ministry in particular. Jack says this about volunteering in Kids: “It’s a high-stakes spiritual battle, using supernatural weapons. Anyone who’s willing to engage the fight [of teaching the gospel to the next generation] on this level is needed for the cause. Such an adventurer will reap a rare mix of power, humility, and wide-eyed joy.” ~ I have found this to be true!

      There are plenty of areas to serve in church, of course. None of them start out being comfortable, but seeking to glorify God through service and blessing others in the process is worthwhile!

  5. We truly need so much less than we think we do, right? Following Jesus is such an adventure – I never know where He will lead me. He takes me out of my comfort zone for sure!

  6. You knocked it out of the park on this one. I think if we are honest most of us have felt this or are currently feeling this. We need to stay focused on God and not get distracted but this is so much easier said than done. Thank you for writing this.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Tressie. As we pursue God and learn from His Word, we know more of Him. It’s like yoga practice or a medical practice. Faith is a practice. We will never fully know the depth of our Father’s love for us until He returns or calls us home. I pray we will long for Him more than anything else.

  7. There are way too many choices in our world currently! I think that’s why I’m so indecisive often!
    I’m glad God makes it easy for us to know how to follow Him. We know what we need to focus on even in the midst of whatever happens in life.

  8. There is definitely to much around that distracts us from our ultimate goal. My aim for this year is spend time more wisely and actually make the effort to think and spend time with God more regardless of “life”.

  9. Thank you for this inspiration! It’s hard to not be consumed with the world around us, especially in ministry. And to be reassured that we are still doing great things for God and with God, no matter how small they may appear.

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