Jesus just a side dish?
BY BRANDON NICHOLS
"Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" Psalm 85: 6
This verse may well be the heart cry of us all, even if we do not articulate it as a spoken prayer. The year and a half disruption to life caused by COVID, chaos in the world, and ongoing strife and division in the church, has left many of us feeling half-hearted and half-alive. We are in desperate need of Revival, desperate need to return to the "ancient path" laid out by the fathers and mothers who have gone before us in the faith, and desperate need to return to Christ in all things.
For us believers, Jesus is there. But has He been just a side dish in our lives recently? Is He really our main source of spiritual nourishment? Are we on the road back to Him, or are we still wandering far from home?
These are questions we all need to ask ourselves. These are questions the church needs to ask itself. The church easily gets caught up in other priorities: petty conflicts that become nuclear level dramas, attending to broken hips and program fundraisers, trying to accommodate everybody's opinion of how best to handle the pandemic in church etc. It's high time to return to Christ as the center of our focus!
We need Revival. We need Remembrance. Our spiritual amnesia becomes so strong, we need a powerful movement of the Spirit to shake us awake and remind us of the Christ who is more important than all these other priorities: the Christ whose proper place is all in all.
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