Sometimes I live like Jesus is a giant, inflatable bubble. You know, like something you’d see on that ABC summer smash-hit series Wipeout (yes, I know they jump on top of the big red balls, just roll with me here).
If I can figure out the rules, contort myself just right, and gain the assistance of a fully trained production crew with a human-sized shoe-horn, maybe (just maybe) I can squeeze inside. Sure, it’s exhausting. But it satisfies my sense of self-righteousness and desire for control. After all, I want a God I can define, and today I’m defining him as a giant, inflatable bubble ball.
Only problem? Jesus isn’t an oversized sphere (Seriously. I’ve read the whole Bible. Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, Lion of Judah. No inflatable ball references anywhere).
He’s not asking me to squeeze my way in. He asking to be invited in.
It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! (Romans 8:11 MSG)
I’ve been following Christ for a long time now, and still every so often I realize it’s happening again. Slowly and subtly, life becomes all about my effort to squeeze in. To fit the Christian culture. To Perform well for all who are watching. Including God.
To climb inside the Jesus bubble.
When all along Jesus is waiting to come alive inside of me.
To do the work. That I can’t do. His Spirit. Inside-out.
Elementary? Maybe. New revelation? Not really. But I bet every one of you wrestle with the same temptation: trying to climb your way into God’s good graces. It’s natural. Like water flowing downhill (or boogie boarding into a pool full of breakfast cereal…for real, click here).
Are you trying to climb inside the Jesus bubble? Why not invite His Spirit to come alive in you instead?
It actually works. And you look a lot less silly.