I remember so clearly their voices. On any long road trip we would take my kids would ask "Are we there yet?" It is a memory I will always cherish because we laughed so hard at how irritating it was to hear that over and over again.
Like little children we have a ton of questions about life. Where are we going? Who am I? How long will I live? What's the meaning of life? And on and on we are constantly asking Questions. How about this one: How can I overcome the obstacles of life?
The Pharisee Nicodemus asked Jesus what he meant by the words You must be born again. In a nutshell his answer was you must have a complete faith makeover. Get rid of the human elements of faith you have learned and change your mindset to what is the will of God not the will of the people. Then you will know how to have the courage and strength to overcome even the most difficult of life's challenges.
His words from the NLT: Humans can only reproduce human life. That's right, issues like addiction, relationship troubles, behavioral problems, etc. can not always be overcome by human knowledge, they require spiritual guidance. And where do we get that guidance - from that Spirit we receive from being born again, renewed in our mind, body and spirit.
Lots of questions. The Pharisees asked Jesus another one: What is the most important commandment? His answer Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.
Think about it. How do we know how to love God - by being born of his Spirit to receive his Spirit. How do we know how to love our neighbor - by loving ourselves the way God loves us. And how do we know how how to overcome life's most difficult obstacles:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
We are "there yet" when we come to him. Does that answer your questions?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.