There are situations in life that are all or nothing: pregnancy, being in love, like or dislike, and our commitment to Christ are just a few areas where neutrality does not exist. When we think of the different parts of the human body, the “spiritual” component is often placed last on the list of importance. Created in the image of God gives humanity an intrinsic spiritual part, which is first on God’s Hierarchy for Human Beings.
Yes, we have the freedom of choice not to surrender to Christ. But consider the unfortunate consequences of not having a spiritual connection with God. Insomnia, anxiety, worry, loneliness [not living alone], hopelessness, discouragement, lack of motivation, the drive to pursue monetary wealth, and tangible things replace the desire to fulfil God’s purpose for our lives. Despite our pursuit for happiness, the emptiness grow deeper. In our humanness, we develop innovative ideas to fill the dark void in our souls [spiritual component].
How many “anti” medications will Big Pharma develop in our lifetime? Yes, the medicinal Marijuana lessens the physical pain, but from a spiritual and emotional perspective, its smoke can only fill the space in our lungs. Alcoholics almost outnumber the nondrinkers. And the alcohol tolerance level is quickly reached as the one after-work drink escalates into bottle-a-day consumption. The love of Money demands its own allegiance as it grabs the one heartstring that leads to a takeover of the entire heart. Without God, we have a mundane existence leading to nowhere. We are simply going through the robotic motions to maintain sanity.
You may think “Well that’s one writer’s opinion.”
Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears [produces] much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. John 15:5.
God reaches out to save our souls. It isn’t necessary to wait until our spiritual emptiness propels us into the mental and emotional existence of nothingness. Fact: Choices made outside of God will reach a plateau. We cannot escape the inevitable consequences of serving self. Created by God according to His hierarchy gives us a void that only God can fill. The spiritual connection was intentional. We were created to stay connected to God. Still, it is from God’s loving-kindness that He does not treat us as we deserve. Every day we receive the unmerited gifts of His love, grace, and mercies. Thank you, God!
Who is this Omnipotent God? I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty Army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candle wick. Isaiah 43:15-17
Even so, our Creator tells us to “Redirect your focus to my present miracles.” But forget all that it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See oh, I have already begun do you not see it I will make a pathway through the Wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18 -19
It is a free will choice to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. From our love and commitment to Christ, we receive new hearts. Our desires change. For the completion of our transformation of mind, body, and soul, we are to put on the new character of Christ [“…for I am meek and lowly in heart…]. Our spiritual component is no longer empty. We are filled with the Holy Spirit [Galatians 5:22-23], who teaches, gives understanding, wisdom, and discernment. The human effort: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:1-2
Bible reading: Colossians 3
Prayer: God, we come to you asking for forgiveness of our sins. The emptiness that we have is overwhelming and has left us mentally and emotionally destitute. We commit ourselves to you by surrendering our hearts, bodies, and souls. Please fill us with the Holy Spirit that we may be made complete through You. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry