Often in the Christian walk, we are told ‘Don’t do this’ but rarely are we told what to do in its place.
1. Sand vs Concrete
I like to think about it like a brick wall. When you decide to not do something, you’re taking out a brick from your wall, or life. Without replacing that brick with something better, you will undoubtedly fall back into that sin; if you don’t, you will not feel complete.
These bricks that we use on our own are weak ones, made of sand; they’re just filler and don’t have any strength to uphold us. They look good on the outside, but they often get crushed under the weight of other bricks and the sand falls when the wall is nudged. Then we have to replace them.
2. A brick for a brick
We must seek out the power of Jesus to replace these bricks that we put in our lives with concrete ones that are unshakable.
-Instead of hungering for bacon, we are to hunger for more of God’s Word (John 4:31-34).
-Instead of lusting after women, we are to lust after knowing Jesus more (Matthew 5:28).
-Instead of thirsting for ‘strong drink’ (Proverbs 31:6), we are made to thirst for the living water that Jesus gives (John 4:14).
-Instead of seeking happiness, which is based on happenings, we are to seek the joy that only Christ can give in all circumstances, resting in the fact that while we endure tribulation, Christ has overcome the world (James 1:2-3, John 16:33).
-Instead of longing to hear words of the world, we must long to hear words from the Spirit through others.
-Instead of being caught up in the fantasy of video games, we must get caught up in the fantasy the God has laid out for us in the Bible and in our lives when we’ve dedicated out lives to Him (after all, there’s some crazy stuff that’s gonna happen and that already is happening!).
-Instead of praising idols, like our sports teams, we are to shift our praise to God for what He’s done for us through Jesus (John 4:23)(way better than what our sports teams have done for us!).
-Instead of serving mammon, we are called to serve God (Matthew 6:24, 4:10).
-Instead of seeking our will, we are called to seek His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
-Instead of idolizing our family, we are to idolize Jesus (Matthew 10:37).
These are only a fraction of the bricks Jesus can provide for us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and let Him take control of our lives.
3. Where do I start?!
Whenever we think about not doing something, we must first seek Jesus; rather than thinking about what not to do, let us think about what we can do through Jesus Christ alone. When we learn to replace the longings in our lives that are in the flesh with Jesus, there’s nothing He can’t do through us (Matthew 17:20-21).*
As we learn about God’s character and what He can do for us, our faith is strengthened as we believe He can be our refuge, comfort, strength, energy, provider, rock, and so much more. I invite you to read through God’s Word, including, but not limited to, many of the Psalms and a Gospel, to learn about all the things God promises He can do/be for us for we who have faith He is able.