We see an amazing transformation in the lives of Jesus’ disciples from the day they dropped their nets to the days after Jesus ascended into Heaven. Men full of doubts and questions, now preaching and healing in His name. Normal men and women daily living out a supernatural lifestyle. What happened to them? The life of Jesus became their life. His way became their way. His truth became their truth. The exact same thing that God wants to do with me and you.
If our faith is going to be authentic—not American-cultural-religious-real, but real like the disciples—it can’t be an item on our weekly to-do list. In fact, it’s not on our checklist—it is the list!
Consider the waffle. Golden brown with a grid of perfect, little compartments. That is often how we think of and view our lives. We have our spouse compartment, kid department, job compartment, friend compartment, extended family compartment, sports compartment . . . oh, and the church compartment.
But here comes the syrup, pouring out onto and flowing over it all. Running down into and filling up every compartment, so now you don’t see all those divided sections, as much as you now see a covered and saturated delicacy. That’s a very simple analogy of Jesus covering our lives. He doesn’t go neatly into one or two little squares. He soaks, drenches, and floods our entire being.
Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! —Deuteronomy 6:5 MSG