How Does Knowing God Help Us?

Well, I would say that the two greatest
expressions of human sin or brokenness are fear and laziness. Yeah, lots of Christian preachers
all zero in on various sins of one kind or
another but I would say you could track just about
every expression of human brokenness down to their root cause, and you would
find fear and/or laziness. Fear, that is I’m afraid to embrace change or I’m afraid to
take this step because I fear what chain reaction it’ll set off
or what it might result in. Or laziness, which is eh, this is
interesting and I might read a bit more and I’ll explore it a bit down the track. But you have a look – I mean, domestic violence, it’s either fear or laziness. Fear of the repercussions of dealing
with your relationship or laziness – I just couldn’t be bothered
changing. You have a look at any kind of sin – lust, violence, drunkenness – you name it. Any kind of human brokenness – why won’t
people change? Because they’re afraid of the consequences of the change or they’re simply too lazy to make
those choices. We all know what it’s like. You know,
I need to lose weight – why won’t you? I’m just too lazy to, or I’m
frightened to. You need to deal with your estrangement from your father
so you know, deal with that. Yeah, I need to do that but I’m just too
afraid of how he’ll react or I’m too lazy to actually make the trip
out there to see him or whatever. You watch time and again – I always think of it as like
reigns on a charging horse. You know, we were destined to charge – we were destined to run free but fear and laziness holds us back. Fear and laziness will say ‘blame the
circumstances.’ Fear and laziness will say ‘be bitter and angry about these situations.’ Fear and laziness every time will, will
ask you to become static in the situation; whereas if we dare to
believe what Jesus calls us to is courage and effort and sacrifice and work – those
kinds of choices invite us to step beyond the circumstance not to ignore it, not to pretend it
didn’t happen, but to be able to draw from it the very best that we can and to move forward in significant ways. And for me, this is the very essence
or center of the gospel message about Jesus, like Jesus dies on the cross
to deal with human sin Now what does that mean? I think what it means is that Jesus kinda lays an axe into the root of fear and
sin in our lives, and they begin to wither. They’re like a a vine that’s grown up all
around our souls, and it’s like the work of Jesus is laying an
axe to the, to the very root of the trunk of that vine. And slowly but surely over years, it starts to wither. We
start to charge, we start to run free. I’m mixing my metaphors with vines
and charging horses but you might get the gist of it and so I would say that, that for me there’s
something marvelous about having followed Jesus for a long time and to
see that I am less and less lazy and less and less fearful. I tend to think, but I don’t know if this is – it’s not a general rule but I tend to think fear is stronger as you’re
younger and laziness as you get older, but I mean, I’ve been frightened and lazy all of my life. I’m an expert in fear and laziness, but if you are expecting that you can
embrace a life that will call out the most courageous choices in your life
and will invite you to make the most sacrificial, hardworking effort in your life, you’re
gonna be a far better off person for doing it. It would be a new way of
being human which would be about courage. It would be about effort and work. It would
be about embracing a journey to become all that humankind
was intended to be. This quest, this exploration and relationship
with God actually doesn’t lead you to become closed down in this life. It doesn’t
stunt you. The pursuit of God countermands fear
and laziness, and invites us in fact to embrace
everything humankind was intended to be. So yeah, be afraid
but countermand that fear – it doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re
expecting that, that’s laziness but if you embrace courage, embrace the work of pursuing God, and I promise you you’re a better person at the end of that process because what Jesus wants in your life is for you to be freed, to to embrace the way of being human
that he modeled for us

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