Stuck? Need help? Can’t see a way through?
Like many other households, over the last few months we have been caught up with the craziness that is “Angry Birds”.
This morning we were greeted with our young boys coming into our bedroom and Josiah saying “Angry Birds” and Gideon shouting “iPad” followed by lots of clapping! (iPad is only his 7th word – arghh a geek in the making !!!). So, out came the iPad and a few levels of Angry Birds were played together. Great fun!
I don’t know about you but I have a love-hate relationship with such games. I always seem to be hitting “one” of those really frustrating levels – you know the one that keeps you there for ages and you just can’t seem to get through and just to top it off that final pig just ends up smirking at you time and time again. If you identify with this you will probably also know that it very quickly has you reaching for the retry button as you get caught up in striving to get through.
About a month back, my wife Charlotte got absolutely hooked on this fun little game and sat up late one night to complete all the levels. What has this meant for me? Well, now whenever I get stuck I have the option to continue on in my striving to topple those pigs or I can simply opt to hit the “skip forward” button and move to the next level. You see, Charlotte had gone before me and unlocked all the blocked levels – she had made a way where I could make no way.
Maybe this is a tenuous connection, but this got me thinking about how in a far superior and important way, Jesus has gone before us and opened up a way where there was no way. He has made it possible for us to be brought into restored and right relationship with our heavenly Father by the means of his perfect life, death and resurrection.
The Bible teaches that due to sin, man is born into a state of alienation from God. This broken relationship basically spells death for us and unlike a hard level in Angry Birds, there is no chance of us ever getting through and restoring that relationship with our Father by ourselves. It isn’t just a case of keep trying and trying and eventually we will get it, then everything will be alright. No, the Bible speaks of how it is impossible for us to restore this relationship. Jesus himself in response to the question “Who then can be saved?” answered “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)
Sounds dire, right?! But there is amazingly good news: today we can celebrate that Jesus went on to teach, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) He then went on to live out the making of that way, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)
All we need do to benefit from this way that Jesus has made for us is to simply accept that we cannot do it, turn around from our striving and efforts to save ourselves, and acknowledge that the solution to our dire problem is Jesus and Jesus alone. Then just see what happens!
Fed up of striving whilst trying to break through to that place of inner peace and rest that you so desire?
Tired of trying to bind up your own brokenness to no avail?
I’d invite you to come along and join us on a Sunday and meet with the person of Jesus and hear how He has changed the lives of many Londoners. He is our only hope, the one true Healer, Redeemer and Saviour. He has made a way where there was no way: He is the only way that we might know our heavenly Father and be transformed by His love and power.
Life change could be just around the corner for you!
So I urge you to take a few moments out from the distraction of Angry Birds and come find out more and you’ll find healing, wholeness, peace with God, a new destiny and your purpose for living – Life in all it’s fullness!