Thursday, April 17, 2014

day no. 12,960: debunking DIY Christianity‏

Galatians 6:2-3

2Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
At Connection Group the other night (March 11, 2014), I led my group first through these verses prior to jumping in to our discussion through Genesis 3 and the lies we are tempted to believe and the consequences we are quick to forget.
We default, without any effort, to DIY Christianity.
We want to carry our own loads and clean up our own messes.
We don’t want people seeing how embarrassingly dirty and muddled we are, so we go to great effort to portray ourselves as “OK” when in actuality we’re KO’d.
***sorry, that’s boxing lingo for Knocked Out for those of you not remotely familiar with sports and/or boxing – not that I am, I just played a lot of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out when I was a kid.
Stop considering yourself to be something.
You’re not.
Stop taking yourself so seriously.
You’re a joke.
Stop deceiving yourself.
Listen to truth.
Stop doing it yourself.
You can’t carry your own load alone and you can’t fulfill the law of Christ by neglecting the loads of others.
We fulfill the law of Christ when we take upon our shoulders the weight of other people’s heavy loads.
We fulfill the law of Christ in asking for help with the burdens we carry when they’re weighing us down.
Don’t be too proud to say, “Help!”
Don’t be too busy to say, “How can I help?”

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