Are you “jacked up”?
We have a saying around our church, well, at least I have a saying around our church that goes like this: “Everybody is ‘jacked up’!” Everyone has issues. This includes you and me. We are all in this together. Honestly, I don’t know anybody that is not somewhat dysfunctional. I remember one time being told of a certain adult who had it “all together”. I laughed. Give me five minutes with that person and I will prove my point, “Everybody is jacked up!”
I have suffered off and on, but mostly on, with depression and anxiety most of my life. Yes, I take medication. Think what you want, but ministers are people too. There are times my depression and anxiety are so strong I want to quit. But then I am reminded what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 12 that in my weakness God is made strong.
I often tell my congregation of my daily fight with anxiety and depression. Am I using it as an excuse? Not at all. I share to encourage the people who call me Pastor. Jesus did not come into the world for those who had it all together; rather He came for those who were sick. Of course, the context of the passage refers to those who were spiritually sick. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day didn’t think they needed a Savior. Because of their attitude most of them missed out on what Jesus had to offer.
The truth is, the entire world is spiritually sick. Why? Because of sin. And until we repent of our sin and come to God, we will remain in our sickness and sin. Jesus, however, came to help the sick.
Are you sick? Are you “jacked up”? If you are, then you are in some good company. The Bible is very clear in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.
What do you do when you discover how messed up you really are?
1. Come to God.
2. Help others come to God.
D.T. Niles said, “Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”
This is the purpose of my article. If I can help you please let me know. Look me up in the phone book under the letter J. You will find me there.
“Jacked Up Preacher”