Tag Christ Is Relevant

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Christ Is Relevant to Relationships

relevant: having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand; affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion. (Webster’s dictionary) When we live independently from God we search for a substitute as our validating source. Without a desperate dependency on Him we establish a counterfeit connection with people, positions, and possessions in our pursuit for validation. We extract love from illicit relationships to prove that we are lovable, to establish our significance, and to enable us to feel secure. But in actuality we suffer loss because people, positions, and possessions are incapable of fulfilling us. Ultimately we are left unfulfilled, dissatisfied, and incomplete as the result of pursuing God substitutes. The delusional sense of satisfaction that stimulates and sedates eventually fades and we are left wanting more. In our vain attempts we explore other counterfeits that may promise temporary contentment but only provide […]

Christ Is Relevant to Finances

In Desperate Dependency: Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life, chapter 1, we presented this scenario: The ladder of success possessed a mesmerizing appeal for Howard. His definition of success was having enough money. Enough to buy the cars he wanted. Enough to live in a house in a prestigious neighborhood. Enough to enable his children to attend the most elite schools. Enough to purchase the clothes that identified his family as upper class. Enough to be able to do what he wanted when he wanted. Enough to make people stand in awe and be jealous of what he attained. Enough.   Howard followed one promising proposal after another. His computer continuously relayed more enticing opportunities. He was proficient in every investment strategy. Pages were added to his portfolio daily. But even with all he attained, it was never enough. Anxiety plagued him. Discouragement hounded him. Lust continuously tempted […]

Christ Is Relevant to Control Issues

In Desperate Dependency: Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life, chapter 1, we presented this scenario that we discussed from Diane’s perspective last week. This week we will look at it from George’s perspective. Diane felt out of control in her life. When she met George she knew he was the answer to all her problems. He was a very successful businessman with many people in his employment. After twenty years with the same company, he knew exactly how things needed to be done and how to make sure they got done exactly the way they needed to be done. The employees knew George had a solution to every problem and could tell them step by step how to accomplish the necessary task. His excellence in leadership had been awarded frequently. Since George was so accustomed to running things in an orderly fashion at work, he shared his expertise […]