Today is the 3rd Anniversary of NoSuperHeroes. In honor of this, I have re-engineered the first-ever post, editing it and sprucing it up a bit. As you will see, we started with an emphasis on grace and relationship with God. Three years and 324 posts later, this is still the goal. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Please tell others and join the conversation designed to inspire us toward a deeper walk with Jesus!
What is the primary focus in our walk with God?
Is it our sin: knowing what sin is, staying away from it, and trying to pay for it when we fail?
Or, are we focused on Jesus?
In the book of Acts, we see the early church as being focused on Christ in spite of their mistakes and growing pains.
As Christians, our battle against sin can begin to consume us.
We’ve heard the admonition to “take every thought captive to obey Christ,..” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
By the way, how is that working for you? Seriously, every thought. How can men even know each thought when we spend so much time in the “nothing” space! Anyway, moving on…
While growth and change is the goal we want to move towards (knowing this side of heaven we will not achieve it in perfection), it can create unreal expectations for what our lives look like today.
We read our Bible, go to church, and pray as some form of Christian karma; trying to work off our bad deeds.
Rather than these Christian practices being life-giving activities through which we pursue God, they become drudgery.
A friend of mine is a former Muslim. He has shared with me how Islam teaches about a giant scale in heaven that weighs out good deeds compared with the bad. Sleeping with a woman, could take away 40 days of ritual prayers, thereby tipping your scale towards the bad. As he shared this story, the realization hit me.
Many of us as believers have more in common with Muslims than we do with grace.
Are we Christian Muslims? Are we karma practicing believers like a Hindu?
Do we do certain “good things” in hopes of tipping the scales in our favor?
We run ourselves ragged attempting to tip cosmic scale of good and bad in our favor.
The natural process of growth brings with it an increase in the awareness of sin and God’s standard of holiness. It can often feel as if we are not growing, but getting worse! We are like a mouse of a wheel, running really hard and fast but seemingly getting nowhere!
Striving daily, we eventually fall in failure like Paul, exclaiming, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 8:24)
Who can rescue us from being a slave to the scale?
Is tipping the scale in our favor even possible?
Paul answers his own question. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 8:25)
While being ruthless with sin is a godly response, it cannot be the focus of our faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “..let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,..”
The focus is not sin. Our GPS should be set towards Christ.
As we look to Christ, He will help us deal with sin.
Jesus is the source of growth and change in our lives, not our own willpower.
Do you find yourself consumed with your sin and attempts to be free from it?
Try focusing on Christ and see how your perspective (and your success rate) changes!