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September 2, 2013

Motion Sickness

Have you ever had motion sickness? What’s the first thing you want to do when you start feeling sick? We usually want to move or change our position. It’s the same with soul sickness. We look for the next big thing to satisfy us, a new house, a new car, or a new spouse. Maybe it’s the latest gadget with all the upgrades, anything to satisfy our discontentment and restlessness. I would say that believers have motion sickness of the soul worse than anyone else because we are often looking for that next spiritual experience. Maybe it’s the next bestselling Christian book or a new Bible.

When change doesn’t work, we start playing the blame game. We think the reason my soul is restless is my spouse’s fault, or my family’s fault, my job’s fault or my church’s fault. We move from one thing to the next because we think it’s all about what’s on the outside. I have to look into the mirror and take responsibility for my own spiritual health. If I have to move one inch from where I am right now to be happy, I’ll never be happy. It’s not about what’s on the outside; it’s about what’s on the inside.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (MSG) The secret to Christian maturity is to be changed from the inside out. Have you experienced a transformation of the soul?