Andy Stanley has been teaching an amazing series called, “The New Rules for Love, Sex, & Dating.” The series is aimed at single people, but has some valuable lessons that apply to everyone. I believe one lesson in particular is transferable to every Christian’s relationship with God.
The lesson I refer to is found in the latter part of his second message of the series. I encourage you to click this link to watch Andy’s message and then check back for the rest of this post. If you do not have time to watch the entire message, Andy begins this point around 27:45.
Andy’s main point is that men who do not keep their body and minds pure are essentially saying that their wife (present or future) is not good enough.
Here is how this applies to all of us:
God calls us to be holy and pure:
- For I am the Lord your God; sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. Lev 11.44
- Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit. 2Cor 6.17
- Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1John 5.21
God wants our hearts and minds to be focused on Him. We are to look to God first in everything and find satisfaction in Him.
When we look to anything or anyone else to satisfy our needs or wants, we are essentially saying that God is not good enough.
We say this when we:
- Call someone to vent when we are upset.
- Spend more time on Facebook/Twitter than we do with God.
- Look to comfort food, chocolate, or substances to make us feel better.
- Expect any person to always be there for us in everything we need.
Whenever we allow anyone or anything to become an idol in our lives, we are teaching ourselves these three points:
- A real God isn’t good enough.
- One God isn’t good enough.
- My God isn’t good enough.
When we are upset, we should take it to God first. When we hurt deeply, we should be going to the Healer first. And we should be praying constantly, reinforcing in our minds the fact that God is always available and always able to supply all our needs.
Let our lives reflect the fact that one real God – our God – is more than good enough.