I have become a big proponent of replacement theology. I am sure it is the only way to go. No, no, wait, not that replacement theology. Not the erroneous belief system that has bewitched many to believe the church has replaced Israel as God’s people. Not the replacement theology with strong undercurrents of anti-Semitism and boastful sinful pride. (See Romans, chapter 11)
The replacement theology to which I refer has to do with replacing:
• Our thousand and one idols.
• Our fuzzy pet sins we so easily let ensnare us.
• Our constant penchant for self-enthronement.
• Our empty religion.
• Our other multitude of “stuff”.
These things keep us from living and being totally wrapped up in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He offers us His glory, His worthiness, His majesty, His salvation and eternal life. He shares His beauty, wonder, abundance and adventure in this life and the life to come. What we must do is cooperate in His increase and our subsequent decrease. He grows bigger and bigger to us and in us, and simultaneously, we become smaller and smaller and smaller.
Yes, I am becoming convinced that fussing and fretting about with the devil and the world and the flesh are futile. Our hearts are indeed deceitful and desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9) The truth is we are dupes even to ourselves. Most often we choose to ignore this fact and endlessly flail about in a vain preoccupation against our wrong desires. We fail to put and keep our focus on the right desire: Being filled with the Spirit! And having a willingness to live moment by moment in the light, liberty, and wonderment of a risen Christ here and now, as well as in the future and forever.
The Psalm writer came to recognize and testify that his heart failed to stay in the right place. He admitted his flesh failed (it always does). It was this acknowledgment and acceptance that opened the way for him to refocus, and then stay focused, on the only desire in life that matters – having Jesus Christ in our hearts; our portion forever.
Proverbs 4:18 tells us “the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” When we walk the path with Jesus ever illuminated before us and abide in Him, we will little by little, leave all else behind us. Our wrong desires will become strewn about like unwanted, needless discards, replaced by the right desires – the things of God and His Christ.
I have become a big proponent of replacement theology. I am sure it is the only way to go.