How to Get Unstuck in Your Life With Jesus
Have you seen the video online with a kid whose head is stuck in an iron fence? The kid appears to be about 3 or 4 years old. Somehow he stuck his head through the iron posts and got his head stuck. He is in too much pain to pull his head back out the way he stuck it in. His dad attempts to help him get unstuck with no success. Dad attempts to gently pull the head back through, nope. Dad attempts to physically push the bars apart, nope. No matter what dad tries he just can’t get the kid unstuck. On the video the dad goes back into the house, to call for help. The kid, however, has an idea. He stands up a bit. Adjusts his shoulders sideways, and steps through the fence and gets himself unstuck. He’s free. He just had to change his perspective a bit and move forward instead of trying to pull back.
So often when we find ourselves in a spiritual rut and need to get unstuck in our life with Jesus, we just need a bit of a new perspective. To change our viewpoint and redirect our efforts and we’ll find our way to being unstuck. Have you ever felt stuck in your relationship with Jesus? Like things were just stagnant? Maybe the growth and excitement of your faith just disappeared? And now you’re feeling dry and a little bit like you’re on a spiritual plateau? You know, not moving forward, but not falling backwards either. And you’re wondering, “What do I need to do to get unstuck?” Well then, here’s some good news…you’re not alone. This is a common experience for Christians. But the question remains, “How do I get unstuck?” Try these three things, there’s a lot more, but start with these three:
Three Steps to Get Unstuck
1. Confession. Unconfessed sin in our lives stops our spiritual growth and maturity like an anchor stops a boat. We protestants downplay confession to our detriment. We don’t need to go to a priest for confession; but confessing our sins is a great way to get unstuck. We ought to seek out a prayer or accountability partner and together practice this discipline. The Scripture teaches us this practice, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16 NLT-SE). And, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9 NLT-SE)
2. Community. The second symptom of being stuck in our relationship with Jesus is our tendency to disengage from the community. We need each other to move forward in our Christian faith. To get unstuck in our faith we have to meet with other Christians in worship and discipleship. In the early days of the Methodist movement there was nothing more important than the Class Meeting, the Band Meeting, and the Society meeting. These meetings were the foundation of a world changing discipleship movement. The Scripture encourages us this way, ““And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT-SE)
3. Change of Mind. “Stinking thinking,” that’s a phrase I heard several years ago while working with a recovery community. That phrase could describe much of what’s wrong with our spiritual growth today. We tend to think wrongly about so much of life and faith. We’ve lost our focus on the life of the mind, on the way we think, as a means of spiritual growth and discipleship. The mind is important in getting us unstuck in our life with Jesus. The Scripture teaches us this principle as well, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT-SE)
There they are, three places of focus to get unstuck in your life with Jesus. What did I miss? What has helped you in the past? What suggestion would you give? I hope this has helped in your life with Jesus! Grace and Peace, Rich (if you don’t mind, please hit the share buttons and help get this message out).