Jesus is so GOOD. But really, He is. That is just who He is. There is no part of Him that is not good, nor a single characteristic that does anything but exude His goodness. HA! And not only that, but, in that, He is the whole point. He is everything. He is not a way or a reason. He is not a model or a fortune cookie or a get out of jail free card. And well, in some ways, He is that, but more importantly He is ev-er-y-thing - the whole point of everything resides in Him and His love for us; literally everything in this world points to Him - the rocks in a creek, the birds in the air, the cars on the road. It's all about Him. It's not about what He's saying or doing, but who He is. Just Him. Sitting there, standing there, dancing there, walking there, inviting us to join Him. Not because He needs us. Not because He wants to tell us everything we must or mustn't do but because He WANTS to be with us. Haha. He wants US - you. me. each of us. He wants us to want Him. He wants us to just be with Him.
I think we over spiritualize things too much. This coming from the same person that just said that cars on the road point to Him. But I mean it in a different way. I suppose what I mean is that we "religionize" things too much. We are so scared that we will walk the wrong way that we won't take a step because it could be wrong, so we sit there and nag and nag and nag Jesus about what HE thinks about it and if we should do it or what He wants us to do or His answer to any one of the myriad questions we have. Can you imagine a relationship with somebody and all they did was ask you for your permission to do each little thing in their day? That is not to say that we shouldn't invite Him into every aspect of our life - I've given Him permission to tell me what to wear each day, but I'm not dependent on it. Because regardless of whether or not I have a "definite answer" of what to put on each morning, I have to get dressed; if I don't, I will either be going about my day naked or in my pajamas. Asking His opinion is not wrong, not moving is wrong. Not moving is where we move into religion. It's what hardens our hearts. It's what sets us up with expectations that if not met as we have said will lead to offense with Him.
But let's go back to this image of a nagging person. For real. Imagine if somebody did that to you. Not just anybody, but the person you loved most in the world. And the thing is, they love you too. More than anything. BUT rather than enjoy time with you and appreciate who you are and celebrate you and do things with you and laugh with you or at you or affirm you or let you affirm them, all they do is talk to you. Not listen, really. Just talk. Not spend time with you with no expectations of what they will receive for giving you their time, but constantly then expecting something - a present, favor, an answer, a breakthrough, etc... Yet, somehow, we do this all the stinking time with Jesus. We go to church, we have our "quiet time," we sing songs, we even pray, we talk to people about Him, we minister to others, we value people and affirm them. And in all of that, we nag. We religionize. We expect. We expect our lives to be at least a little bit better for it. We expect the answer to come in a neat little box. We expect the breakthrough we cry out for day and night and night and day.
But the point of this whole life isn't our end of some deal. It's a relationship. And it's not just that. The whole point of it all is Jesus. JESUS. Ha. The man who was also fully God, who DIED ON A CROSS, because He saw me and He liked me and HE loved me enough that it was JOY SET BEFORE HIM to endure the cross that He and I may know each other and hang out. And then He rose from the dead and deposited in ME the Holy Spirit that has the power to raise Christ from the dead - which was not just like raising any man from the dead, but literally is the power to raise ALL DEATH from the grave and REDEEM ALL SIN for RIGHTEOUSNESS. That is the power and the Spirit He has given me. He is the WHOLE point. There is no answer that is beyond who He is.
I have this picture of Him standing before me. Looking at me with these caring eyes full of love and goodness. And He is just wanting to tell me that He loves me. He just wants me to pause long enough to really look back at Him. But I have questions and life and I am standing there frustrated with Him because I don't have [fill in the blank]. He is still. He is waiting. He is PATIENT (1 Cor. 13: 4). Whispering, "Chelsea. I'm right here. Chelsea, I love you. Chelsea, just take a minute with me. We don't need to solve ANY of this right now." And I am irking and rubbernecking and acknowledging His standing there but not really listening. I've let my ADD get the best of me and I am trying to see what lies JUST on the other side of Him. When we try to see around Jesus for the answer, our theology is wrong. He is all we need. He is the answer to EVERY part of our lives. Just one glance of His eyes is a wrecking ball. Life stops being life and starts being the love affair He intended for even just a glimpse, a smile and laugh, a side comment to keep us going. It's enough to make your heart skip a beat. It's Jesus. Not for what He can offer us but for Him. For Him being Him in our lives, to us, through us, with us, near us. Just as He is staring at us in awe of us not because of anything we have done but completely for who we are. Ha. He just wants us to pause and catch our breath looking at Him the same way He does looking at us. Selah, folks.
He is GOOD all the time. In every circumstance, relationship, trial, season, location, age, everything. He is GOOD. What you see when you're looking everywhere may not be good, but HE IS GOOD. Just find Him and look at Him. Look into His eyes. Listen to what He is saying. Maybe neither of you need to say anything at all. That's a sign of comfort in most other relationships; it should be in this one too. The comfort of neither party needing to get in a word because simply being in their presence is enough, and the world melts away around you. It's enough. You're enough. Beloved, He is so in love with you that He literally already died for you and came back to life just to be with you and if that isn't enough, His resurrection FULLY redeemed every part of you. You are HOLY AND BLAMELESS in HIS sight. Just let Him be Him to you and for you.