Functional Saviors vs Immanuel

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I love how kind and gracious God is in teaching me exactly what I need to hear.  It may take someone else pointing it out for me to come to realizations in my own life: but God’s Spirit is gracious and teaches me kindly and repeatedly. 

What are the functional saviors in your life?  I think, even if you aren’t familiar with that term, you know what I mean.  I mean the things or people you look to to be your all, your god, your rest, your peace, your foundation, your everything.  No one in this life is created to be your everything.  Only God is that.  Nothing in this life deserves the top place in your affection or time; only God gets that spot.  In case you need some help pin pointing what those are (or what I’m talking about), here are some examples:

Your Spouse

Your weight

Your children

How you raise your children

The sins you DON’T struggle with like everyone else does.

How perfect your home is

How many pinterest things you get this week

How many followers or friends you have

Your job

Your church ministries

Your popularity

How well your kids are doing in school

Your wardrobe

Your husband’s job or skill set

How good your cooking is

How do you determine what your functional god is?  What are the things that get you upset during the day or you find yourself focusing on all day long.  I know my functional saviors and have spent the last 20 hours or so repenting of those and thinking what life will look like when those aren’t my functional savior.

We are given a perfect functional Savior.  He came over 2000 years ago and was born in a dirty stall.  His entrance was not grand or what is should have been for a King, but God made it that way.  He gave us His Son.  Immanuel: God with us.  He is everything we need.  All our hopes and longings and dreams and security must be found in Him

As you celebrate this Christmas: rest in the grace and peace that is Jesus Christ, God with us, Immanuel.  Merry Christmas from the Campbell couple to you.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-6a