Thursday, June 21, 2012

What's your THAT?

In a recent message at my church, the pastor delivering the message asked this question: "Do you love Christ more than THAT?"

What do I mean by THAT?  Let's look at Matthew 19.  Verses 16-30 tell the story of "the rich man".  This rich man comes to Jesus and asks him what he has to do to have eternal life.  He and Jesus have this conversation where Jesus ends up telling him "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (v. 21)  In this case, THAT is the rich man's possessions.  

We all have a "that" - a thing that we hold onto and don't want to let go, no matter what.  It's the security blanket of our life.  It's the thing that we drag around behind us, that we're reluctant to let go of because we think it's of great value.  But, it can also be the thing that keeps us from living the free, abundant life that God intended for us.

This idea applies to weight loss, too.  For many of us, myself included, food is our "that".

In Made to Crave (also known as "the book that changed my life"), Lysa Terkeurst refers to this same passage of Scripture.  She says "He’s just like people today who refuse healthier breakfast options like egg whites and fruit so they can fill themselves up with candy-sprinkled, chocolate-frosted doughnuts. Even when their sugar high crashes and they complain of splitting headaches, they steadfastly refuse to consider giving up their doughnuts."

Lysa continues to discuss this passage in my favorite part of Made to Crave.  This is the highlight I keep coming back to, I keep reminding myself of.  "I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man’s soul and said, “I want you to give up the one thing you crave more than me. Then come, follow me.” Piercing thought, isn’t it? Suddenly, Jesus isn’t just staring at the rich young man; He’s also staring at me—the inside me. The part I can’t cover up with excuses and makeup. When Jesus says, “Follow me,” it’s not an invitation to drag our divided heart alongside us as we attempt to follow hard after God. When Jesus wants us to follow Him—really follow Him—it’s serious business."

I even see this in the secular world.  In Bob Harper's new book, The Skinny Rules, he says this:
"But if you want to be right-sized in body, you've got to get rid of the supersize way of life. Whether you want to lose 20 pounds or 200, what the contestants on The Biggest Loser have learned— and taught me— holds true: you've got to make a break. You’ve got to divorce yourself from the past and find a different way of living. And you can never go back. Once you accept that, and realize there is no finish line, then you've got a better chance of succeeding."

Do you see that part I emphasized?  FIND A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIVING.  To really "get it" and start living a healthier life, you have to LIVE DIFFERENTLY.  You have to let go of THAT.  There are things that you MUST do and things that you CANNOT do.  Tomorrow I'll share what things fit in those categories for me.  Come back, ok?

Listen to the whole message by Keith Walker from LCBC here.  (you should at least watch the first minute, which is an ironic video clip about donuts)

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