Have you ever been to one of those Christian camps or retreats or conferences where you had an amazing experience and walked away feeling super close to Jesus in such a way that it seemed like you would never be the same again? Did you walk away from that experience with the idea in your head that everything about your life would change forever and that you would never go back to the way things used to be? If so, then you probably know by now that there is a pretty crushing reality check when it comes to those types of resolutions and expectations. Those feelings fade. That spiritual high goes away and before you know it, your old life is back. Your old attitudes, sins, frustrations and boredom come back and settle in as though nothing has changed.
Most Christians look around and measure other believers, putting them into categories. They see some folks as spiritual babies and some as spiritual giants. This isn’t necessarily wrong, but there’s a part of it that almost everyone gets wrong - that is, we think the spiritual giants are just coasting through life with an all-access pass to Jesus and His many blessings, while the rest of us are so weak that we’re straining just to hang on. As a result, when something happens that makes us feel really excited about our walk or really close to the Lord, we slip it into neutral and just ride those emotions until they run dry and we’re right back where we started.
The truth is, no one is so holy or mature that they are naturally closer to Jesus than the rest of us. The truth is that all of us are completely weak and helpless on our own and we’re all hanging on by our fingernails, every day. Jesus said that He is like a vine and we are like the branches growing out of that vine. If we stay connected to the vine, we will get all the nutrients from the roots and we will be healthy and grow. If we don’t stay connected, we will wither and dry up. Jesus said we have no life in us whatsoever. All of the energy needed to live this life comes directly from Him. We can’t do this without Him - not even for a day. That’s why the amazing feeling of those retreats and conferences wears off and leaves us feeling empty. We’re not supposed to be able to coast through today on yesterday’s fuel.
All life comes from Jesus. All health comes from Jesus. He is the only Source. We are just sticks without Him, weak and lifeless. We are utterly dependent and that’s actually a very good thing, because He wants us to come to Him and stay with Him. The God of the Universe who spoke galaxies into being wants you to stay with Him and connect with Him. That’s incredible! He wants to give you everything you need to make it through your little life, today. Tomorrow, He wants you to come back to Him again so that you can get everything you need once more. He’s everything you need and He’s ready to give it all.