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COLUMN: Trust Jesus ‘in every area of your life’

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By Jon Rohr

Somebody suggested that I needed to do an off the wall column today. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it got me to thinking about the clichés and expressions we hear all the time. For example, “off the wall,” or “think outside the box.”
The problem with clichés is they are often overused and misused. For example, you may think you need an “off the wall” idea or an “outside the box” solution to a problem. But most of the time the solutions we need are not off the wall or outside the box. Most of the solutions, the answers we need, are staring us in the face, written on the wall or found sitting inside the box.
The problem is that what is clearly written on the wall is usually something like “Work hard.” Or inside the box we find that the help we need involves blood, sweat and tears. So we go looking for the easy answer.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we do need to look at things in new ways, to see things from a different perspective. At the same time let’s not ignore the obvious answers, even if they may not be what we want to hear.
One day a young man asked Jesus how to get eternal life. Jesus talked to him about keeping the commandments and the young man assured Jesus that he had kept the commandments all his life. Jesus then said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21 NIV)
Jesus laid out the answer the young man needed. A lot of people get hung up on selling all the possessions, but the key was following Jesus. The possessions are what kept that young man from following Jesus. The answer was not “off the wall,” or “outside the box.” In fact, the answer was right in front of him in the person of Jesus.
Just like that young man, most of us think we have to earn our way into heaven. We think there is something we need to do. The truth is that Jesus has done it all. The writing really is on the wall, simply trust in Jesus for eternal life. Is there more to the Christian life? Absolutely, but it starts with faith in Christ. Here’s an “outside the box” idea for you, trust Jesus in every area of your life and see the amazing things that God can do.