I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom and addiction. I mean, once someone is free why would they ever return to their addiction. Why do so many addiction programs fail to set people free in the first place?
Here’s my theory…
The heart that is not pursuing God can not be set free.
So only Christians can be free from addiction?
So why do so many Christians struggle with addiction?
Because they stopped pursuing God, or never really started.
Going to church is not pursuing God, though it is a part. Just like reading the bible, praying, worshiping, studying, memorizing. They all have the potential to draw us closer to God but none can make us pursue God.
And maybe you’re like me.
I love God and want to pursue Him but fear hinders me. I would love to blame others, my mom and dad, my wife, my job, my church to name a few. But, I really can only blame myself.
Water is refreshing, life giving. Food provides nutrients and tastes yummy. I love milk. I love chocolate. But not after any of it has been sitting out for thirty days.
A wound will heal due to natural bodily processes if the infected tissue can be removed, drained, replaced. But if it can’t, it will become gangrenous, poisonous.
That is what our lives are like. We were designed to pour into others. We were not designed to bury guilt and shame. We were created for community, not isolation. We came into the heart and mind of God with a specific purpose that can only be recognized as we are connected to Him.
God has invested so much in us through His word, the leaders He has given, the very life of Jesus given to us, the presence of His Holy Spirit inside of us. We can live with what many would consider reckless abandon.
Or we can be an infection.