By Jeff Stultz, National Director Broken Chains
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”
We were all created by God with a purpose. We’re born with all that we need to accomplish that purpose. However, many times the enemy works in our lives when we’re young to steal, kill, and destroy our ability to fulfill that purpose. When the enemy makes us question our self-worth as children, we grow into insecure adults—feeling unworthy of God’s love and forcing us to find communities where we fit in with others that struggle with the same low self-esteem. We medicate this pain in our lives with various hurts, hang-ups, and habits like drug addiction, pornography, co-dependency, relationships, etc. This self-medicating effectively destroys our ability to be used by God for the purpose we were created for. This leads us to a life of pain and a circle of hiding that pain and finding happiness with unhealthy behaviors.
Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full. But this is not a promise. Focus on the word “might.” Jesus brought us the tools to find freedom from our low self-worth. By living life the way He teaches us, we find our value in Him, not in our fear and failures. The ministry of Celebrate Recovery gives us a healthy community to become a part of; a community of imperfect people who are willing to admit it and walk beside each other as this process teaches us to use the tools Jesus gave us to find the freedom we’ve been searching for. When we find the freedom that He offers us, we’re able to live out the purpose we were created for.
Many of us think we’re looking for happiness, but the truth is we’re looking for our purpose as we use the tools of Celebrate Recovery to let God clean us up from the inside out. Then when we apply the principles Jesus gave us for living life, we find our purpose. If you want to experience real happiness, begin to live out the purpose you were created for.
Christianity is a decision followed by a process. The decision gives you eternity. Many have accepted the free gift of salvation but continue to live their lives in bondage. The process– using the tools Jesus gave us –will give you freedom here on earth. Jesus not only wants to spend eternity with us, but He also wants us to have life and have it to the full!