In North American, “self-help” is a huge 11-billion dollar industry. In fact, it’s so huge that we don’t even realize how much it surrounds us—like water surrounds a fish.
If we’re not careful, it can both contaminate and dilute our faith because it takes the focus off of Christ and puts it on us.
So here’s a counter-point: Christianity isn’t primarily about what you can do, but what Christ can do.
And do you know what? That’s such a relief!
-If you think life is just about what you can do, you’re limiting your life to your own personal capacity.
-If you think life is just about the self-improvement tidbits you gather along the path, you’re limiting your life to your own personal perspective.
-If you think life is just about how strong you are, you’re limiting the parameters of your life to your own personal strength…
…instead of GOD’S ability, GOD’S wisdom, and GOD’S strength.
Speaking about spiritual warfare, Paul told the Ephesians to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). Notice how the total focus is on the Lord and on HIS mighty power!
There are some good things about the self-help movement: It encourages people to be intentional and proactive about their well-being. But when it comes to your Christian faith, remember that the centre of your life isn’t you—it’s Christ; and that your ultimate source of help, wisdom and strength isn’t you—it’s Christ.
Christianity isn’t primarily about what you can do, but what Christ can do.
By Matthew Ruttan
- This past Sunday was Part 1 in a new teaching series called “Miracles.” Listen in here to my interview with Will Han, a serial church planter and good friend who has been a part of some amazing and perspective-shifting things!