2013.03.06 Cassie Connin: Don't look at Jesus as a crutch

Written by David Green.

You can have all the facts stacked up in front of you, but in the end you are going to do what makes you feel good. Sinning is fun…for a season (only for a period of time). Until it is out of your control and you are submissive to it.

I think it is hard for people to accept the Lord as their savior because they want control of their lives. Or at least feel in control. By accepting someone else as "savior" over them, they are willing to be submissive, they are admitting they are in need because they are not doing a good enough job.

What they don't truly realize is they have already lost all control. Sin has a hold on them. You would think it is at that point they would come to Christ based on fact and need for Him, but they don't. They still look at their sins as "a part of them,” what makes them whole or complete. You know it doesn't have to.

 Why do people want to embrace their wrongs but so easily look at Jesus as a crutch? Are they not hiding behind their "choices" as a crutch, by saying "that is what makes me, me"?  I challenge you all who do not know Jesus, to really get to know Him. Sure, the facts are there, but like I said earlier, you’re going to do what makes you feel good. Yes, accepting His death as payment for your bad choices (and we ALL make them) is free, but it does hurt to feel vulnerable, to feel out of control. 

But let me ask you these very important questions.  Why not? What if you are wrong? What would happen? What if I am wrong? If I'm wrong (which I am not), then I end up being kinder to others while I am alive. I live my life happier because I have hope. Sure, I get picked on because I have a so-called "crutch," but to be honest I have more control. It is easier to make good choices. I find myself happier. It is easier to forgive. I see more clearly, the difference between right from wrong, because I have a standard. I know I will continue to make mistakes, but I won't want to and they will affect me different.  I am not hostage to my sins. I feel love and purpose, and want to share that with others.  I want to serve Him (not have to), by doing good.

That doesn't sound bad at all. So if I was wrong and there was nothing after this life, then I would have nothing to lose. But if I am right, and all the facts point that way, then there is EVERYTHING to gain.

Something to think about…He made this whole world in a week. He has been making this amazing place for us to spend eternity for over 2,000 years. I don't know about you but that makes me feel pretty good. Talk to someone about Jesus today. Just sayin’.

– Cassie Connor

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