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Getting In Over Your Head
False narratives are those things we tell ourselves so often that they sound like truth. Perhaps we learned them from our parents or from the church, but they are false narratives because they are . . . false! Here’s one, “Jesus loves you because you can do so much good for him.”
The first part is absolutely true, “Jesus love you.” The second part is false in at least two ways. First, Jesus doesn’t love you because of anything you do or don’t do. Jesus loves you because it is in his nature to love. In that way, you are no more special than anyone else, because Jesus loves every person who has ever lived.
Secondly, he doesn’t need anything you can provide. God taught this truth to Israel when he said, “I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:9-10). What could we possibly have that God needs? Just as he didn’t need Israel’s cattle, he doesn’t need our talents, training, experience, expertise, or charismatic personality.
When we believe the false narrative that Jesus needs something we possess, we hinder him from making us into the people we need to be. The true narrative is that Jesus loves you and wants to make you into a person who can do God’s will. As someone has said, “Before Jesus can make you, he has to break you.” Breaking is the painful realization that you have nothing which God needs to further his purposes. When you come to grips with that reality, you are in a position to receive from Jesus whatever you may need to do God’s will.
Peter may have thought he could do great things for Jesus through his knowledge of fishing. However, after following Jesus’ nonsensical fishing instructions and catching the largest haul of fish in the history of the Sea of Galilee, Peter realized Jesus did not need his expertise. Jesus wanted Peter to leave his boat and follow him. The rest, as they say, is history; which in reality is HIS story.