My whole life is about being stuck, when I grew up, I was stuck in an alcoholic family. I carried the 'stuck-ness' with me throughout a lot of life. Being poor, you're kind of stuck when you're poor and I could go on, but I want to share with you that being stuck is not a matter of circumstances. It is not a matter of being a victim and being over powered by life around you; being stuck is a choice!
Being stuck is a choice to live from what I see with my eyes instead of what God has said as a promise. We are choosing to live from what we see, what we feel, what we understand, what we interpret and how we perceive the world around us and we are living from all of that instead of from what God has said. What is normal in this world is to live alone, apart, broken, and making it in our own strength. Normal is crazy; everything is broken and everything needs to be redeemed!
The problem with living from what we see is that you and I are spiritually blind from birth. The crazy part of the blindness is that we think we can see. If you're physically blind, you probably know that you're physically blind, but if you're physically blind and are convinced that you see, and you go for a walk there's probably going to be a problem right? That is our condition and the trouble is that we bring this blindness into the church and into the mission of the body of Christ. That's why so many churches are stuck and thats the danger of us.
The simple reality is that you and I are stuck in a lot of dark places. We are stuck believing a lot of lifeless things. We are stuck and not growing in our own spiritual relationship, and God hates stuck! We stuck God on a cross and guess what? He didn't stay! So no individual in a lifeless marriage or a difficult financial crisis or no church should ever stay stuck regardless of what is against it!
Growth is a natural part of life in Christ, so where are you stuck? Do you recognize that your being stuck is a choice that you are making and you may not even believe yet that you're making the choice. You may attribute it to circumstance, situations and all kinds of things but the reality is it is a choice. Galatians 5:1 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
Father God, I ask that today we would be woken up, that we would come alive to the scandal of grace. That we would open our hearts to be loved by you and that we would not keep you away in anyway or say no to you. Father our hearts are open and we want your Kingdom to come and your will to be done in your church and in our lives and in our families. Father until we see Jesus, grow us! -Dr. Drew Shofner