Awakenings, Arousings and Attachments – Part II
Well one month later…this would seem to indicate a detachment 🙂 from this blog. My apologies. Let’s consider some more thoughts on ‘holy attachment’ and what God’s Word would have to say to us about it.
Part I pointed us to John 15 as a key passage for understanding God’s design for our attachments or ‘connections’ with people. Jesus is in His last earthly hours with the faithful eleven disciples. There’s been talk of Him leaving, of troubles, of sorrows, of death, of Jesus leaving. Chapter 15 describes for the believer in Jesus, what life “in Him” looks like.
Life in Jesus is more than coming to the temple. Life in Jesus is not following rules. Life in Jesus isn’t “us down here and He’s up there”. Life in Jesus is exactly that: IN Him, and so He carefully helps us to understand this with the analogy of a Vine and branches, of fruit being born through the branches as the abide/make-a-home/remain/reside in the Life Source, the Vine…. JESUS.
Abiding Theory is so much richer (and hopeful!) than Attachment Theory! When I attach to something or someone, I’m stuck to it, clinging, grasping, holding. The picture Jesus draws for us in John 15 is “oneness”, and of shared life. We experience this oneness with Jesus through faith, through His Word being “in us” and believed in. It’s a lifestyle of increasing loving obedience and loving obedience.
None of us, however, experiences this oneness with Jesus without being tempted to try to abide in something else, in someone else. Relational habits and sexual habits that have been a home for us, and to which we’ve become attached CAN and must be dismantled…and they can be by the Vinedresser! This is Father God.
Part III will bring in how “awakenings and arousings” fit in, and we’ll unpack this into specific scenarios of relational and sexual attachments that are anything but a safe home. And I promise that my next post will be sooner than a month from now!