Have you ever sought the godly counsel of another believer only to receive a Bible verse, a pat on the head, and the challenge to just do it?
I call this the Nike approach to Christian counseling.
Having trouble loving your spouse? Well, just love them.
Having trouble with anxiety or fear? Don’t worry; be happy; trust God!
Having lustful thoughts? Don’t think about sex.
Is this bad advice? No, but it’s powerless and guaranteed to leave the recipient frustrated and discouraged.
If they could do what they wanted to do….walk in victory… they would! But they can’t.
Why? They’ve never been taught to plug into the power source of the life of Jesus within them.
Why? Many churches are content to teach the Nike approach to the Christian life.
So, churches are full of two kinds of Christians:
- Those who think they are doing well because they have most of the Christian check list checked off.
- And those who are really frustrated with not measuring up but are too afraid to ask for help because they know they are only going to hear a Bible verse along with, “Just do it.”
So, instead they hide their struggles or walk away from church and give up altogether.
Remember that Pride says, “You can do it; just try harder.”
Beloved, there is only one Person who ever successfully lived the Christian life: Jesus.
Here’s more good news: He knows you can’t live the Christian life, and He’s okay with that!
In fact, He’s taken up residence in your skin, so that He can express His life in you and through you.
So, if you’re struggling in an area, consciously engage Jesus in the battle.
Let Him fight it on your behalf. He wins every battle that we yield to Him.
If someone comes asking for help, do not give them a Bible verse and tell them to just do it.
Give them a Bible verse and share how Jesus can do it through them for His glory.
He is far more powerful than the Greek goddess Nike could ever be.
Our victory has already been won for us by Jesus, and we live out His victory as we walk in total dependence on His life expressed in us and through us for His glory.