Jason Vallotton shares about what it means to actually realize that we need God in every area of our lives, as well as other people in the body of Christ, in order to fully become who we were meant to be.
If God didn’t show up in our church service, most of us wouldn’t notice.
When we don’t actually live a life where we need God right now, everyday, or else. And when we don’t expose ourselves to that on purpose, we get confused because we’re trying to figure out something that was supposed to be experienced, not theologically figured out.
We have so reduced Christianity to something that we can do. But when we hide behind theology and theories we’re not experiencing anything.
“When we avoid conflict we lose confidence. When you go through a conflict you’re supposed to gain confidence.”
The disciples experienced a conflict when they were caught in a storm on the boat, because they decided they were going to follow Christ.
Jesus prepared Himself for 30 years for conflict and disappointment. The difference was there was no storm inside of Jesus, therefore he had the power to command the storm to stop.
“We are born as sailors that are still tethered to the dock. It is really bad seas that make good sailors.”
If you don’t have fear it might be because you’re not doing anything.
You have been called like Gideon was called. Gideon was the answer to the problem that he was complaining about.
The Lord is gracious when we take on conflict. “The challenge is that we typically take on conflict thinking we will do it based upon what we have and our comfort zone. We weren’t called to a comfort zone.”
We have reduced our lives down to what we can solve and therefore we don’t need God.
In the Bible Nehemiah finds out his home town is in ruins and decided, “That’s my problem.”
Nehemiah goes to asses everything on his own because he didn’t want anyone’s doubt. When you’re taking on something that the Lord has called you to do, first asses it with the Lord.
Nehemiah knew his job was the rebuild the walls, and two people tried to instill fear in him. You can’t follow God and not make somebody upset. Nehemiah rebuilt the walls in record time because he decided who he was going to listen to.
We Need Each Other
One of the greatest challenges is that we try to do everything on our own. Nehemiah didn’t rebuild the walls by himself, he rallied the people around him.
Acts 2:42-47 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
“What happens when you walk into a room and know that everyone feels responsible for your breakthrough also? If you’re living like that you aren’t asking if God is real, because you’re not living for yourself.”
“When we figure out that we have an area that needs working on, instead of getting the courage to go to other people we hide in shame, and that is reducing God. We were meant to give each other courage and strength.”
He put Adam and Eve together so we could get strength from one another. If you try to do what you’re called to do alone, you’re not going to make it.
Discover the God of Wonders
If you only do what you understand you will never discover the God of wonders.
Jason knew his marriage was ending and had a lot of anxiety. He remembered Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Jason prayed and asked for that peace everyday, and one day as he was walking, all of the fear was gone. Going through his entire divorce, he had no more fear about what was going to happen. He had to contend for that. If he had been frustrated, blamed God, and felt sorry for himself, he would have never actually encountered the God of wonder.
What has God called you to do? There has to be more to this life than something we can figure out.
Who are you supposed to run with? “If we don’t need the people around you, then you’re not in deep enough. If you don’t tell people around you what we’re going through we are going to stay broken down and weak. We need the grace of God from each person and from God.”
We can’t afford to reduce it down to something you can manage just because it’s painful to be misunderstood and not have it all figured out.