Non-existent dependency or dependency wrongly placed is life poisoned from the bottom of the well. Where else does life start, than with Jesus Christ the Son of the living God? If the bottom of my well was the dependency I have on others to be there for me and fulfill all my needs, than I would be left with only mud at the pit of it all. If the bottom of my well was my own fear and control over life, then I would be left dried up everyday in constant striving. God has graciously taught me things about His ministry and my role in all of that, the past few months. One of the most prominent lessons would be His word continually reminding me of His control in everything, and my role as a trusting, obedient and dependent child.
“But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” (Psalm 33:18-22)
“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” (Psalm 34:5)
American Culture tells me to be as independent as I can possibly be and to not trust anyone. The more I do on my own, the more power and control gained, the more satisfaction and fulfillment downloaded. This is far from the truth. But so also is any culture that says, uniformity and dependency focused on people, wealth, or possessions is the way to ultimate life and purpose.
If Christ really is the beginning and ending word of my life, then what do I have to fear? Yes, when light touches darkness it hurts, but the exposure of light even when revealing weakness or causing pain is in the end life giving. To struggle and fight with dependency in God is to lose a battle that really isn’t worth being fought. The victory is already won. The response of surrender is now the only path available for those looking to know Him forever and to take part in the depths of His ministry.
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)