Tuesday Re-mix –
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6
Step 6: We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
[I am using these Tuesday Re-mixes for a few weeks to think (again) about addiction to self-reliance and how that addiction is one of the biggest challenges to genuine community which we face in the American church culture.]
So, in our 12-step program to recover from our addiction to self-reliance, step 6 is that we are “entirely ready to have God remove” this character defect. Well, that really is the question, isn’t it? Are we entirely ready to give up our addiction to self-reliance? Are we entirely ready to start opening our lives up to God and to God’s people and to start leaning into community?
When I was in college, I blew my knee out messing around in the gym. It was my first serious injury of my life. I waited a week or so before going to the doctor, because my addiction to self-reliance was already well-developed by then. When I did finally go to the doctor, it was still pretty swollen. He told me that he could not diagnose it with all that fluid on it. He would need to aspirate it in order to check it out. That meant he would need to stick a long needle into my knee joint and draw out the fluid. I grabbed my things and left. Self-reliance was looking like a pretty good option to me at that point.
Several weeks later, the swelling had all but gone and the pain had subsided pretty well too. I decided it was healthy enough …