I’ve been with a lot of hurting people this week.
Failed marriages, derailed relationships, deeply-entrenched sin, broken dreams, disturbing doctor’s reports, addictions that seemingly can’t be kicked.
There’s one thing that serves as a common denominator for each of these broken people, and that’s their view of Jesus.
When Jesus serves as Savior, they are able to see above their circumstances. Are things still tough? Sure. Do they want to bypass this stage of life? Absolutely. But with Jesus as Savior, broken people know that there is a method to the madness. They know that even though they’ve hit bottom, Jesus is there with them. Therefore, they have hope.
When Jesus serves as Safety, things are entirely different. You’re familiar with that term, right? Your “safety” is the thing you go back to when your other pursuits don’t work out…like your undergrad degree or your familiar ex-boyfriend or even my Reese’s Cup milkshake from Cook Out. We try other things because we know the safety is there…just in case. Jesus as safety is a train wreck waiting to happen. While he will still patiently wait, we do great damage to our soul as we pursue life outside of Jesus. We drift. We get off course. We lose perspective. And then we wonder why we’re in the shape we’re in.
Jesus never asked to be safety, he asked to be Savior. He doesn’t desire to sit on the sidelines until we call him into the game as a last-inning substitution. He wants to charge headlong into our lives and transform us from the inside out.
How about you? Is Jesus functioning as your Savior? Or as your safety?