We can determine the size of a problem by two things.
- What is the range of impact? How many people is it affecting?
- What does it take to fix it? How much effort does it take to resolve the issue?
We have all seen recently an example of this by a hurricane named Harvey. Harvey hit Houston Texas last Friday night and 30,000 people have fled the city with countless more seeking shelter. The damage is estimated to be more than 3 times larger than hurricane Katrina ($160 Billion vs $49.6 Billion). 19 Trillion gallons of water produced 51.9 inches of rain which is the largest rainfall in continental USA history.
Compared to that having a leak in my kitchen faucet is nothing. A quick trip to Home Depot to get a new gasket and a few minutes at the sink and problem solved. Small problem calling for a small effort and the fix it relatively easy even for a handicapped DIY guy like me.
So, what would we estimate the size of the problem of our flesh or our sin nature to be? It certainly affects me, my wife and family, my work, and other relationships. The more important one is the larger the impact. Like when I resigned from being the pastor of the church, there was an impact on all the congregation.
So, the range of impact will be different for all of us. However, the size of the solution should tell us that this problem is larger than we ever have imagined. And what is that solution you ask? The answer to that question … the solution is huge. The solution is the 3rd member of the Trinity. The solution is none other than the Holy Spirit equally God with the Father and the Son. And He has been placed within you and He is omnipotent and omniscient or all powerful and all knowing.
So, why isn’t recovery a slam dunk? Why is it not easy to stop sinning sexually sinning when I have the Holy Spirit of Christ living inside of me? That is a great question for all of us to think about. My best answer is because the Spirit does not force me to obey. He desires us to obey. He loves it when we choose obedience and He is grieved when we choose to sin but He never forces us to make the good decisions. He wants it to be our choice. He wants us to choose Him instead of sin. Why? Because it shows Him and us who we love.
Do you love God? Or is your consistent floundering in sin an indication that you love sex more than you love God? Certainly, we can sit down and reason ourselves with our brains that God is good and choosing Him is always the best thing. But in the heat of temptation feeding our flesh becomes more important to us that loving our Lord.
I think that is why Paul prays for the Ephesians this prayer at the end of chapter 3;
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
We should all be praying that prayer. The God would grant us to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man and that we would be rooted and grounded in LOVE and be able to comprehend how enormous the love of Christ is for us. Keep doing that, on a daily basis, and you will be “filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Instead of acting our sexually which never fills us up at all and only leaves us lusting for more, we can be filled up to all the fullness of God!!! Sounds awesome to me!