Relying On Jesus For The Middle
Stuart Briscoe has stated that the average Christian is like an old, iron bed; strong on both ends but sagging in the middle. By this he means that the average Christian has settled his salvation and knows he is going to heaven - thus, both ends are strong. The problem lies in the middle. Many believers are sagging in the middle. That is, they lack the strength of the Lord in their daily living. We need to get out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land of all that God has promised us.
There really is an abundant life that is the property of every believer. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) This is a full and meaningful life that not only carries into eternity but is to be experienced each day we live. This is a life full of hope, strength and grace. There is hope for we know Jesus is in charge of our future. We gain the strength we need for every situation of life by yielding to Jesus every moment. Christ in us is the hope of glory and He provides for our every need in the present. Paul tells us that Jesus is sufficient for all our needs. Along with hope and strength, we will be lifted by His matchless grace. We must remember that it is God who gives grace. We cannot earn it nor can we do anything to deserve it. Grace is God’s provision for all of His children. Grace includes hope and strength but it also expands to yield abundance to every area of our lives.
If we will simply surrender to His will we can find support for every second of our lives. That support is what will keep us from sagging in the middle spiritually. Of course, a little exercise could help in the area of physical sagging but that is another topic.
Relying on Jesus for the middle,