8-2-14 An Addict Finds a Way

An Addict Finds A Way                                                                                8-2-14

Webster’s says that to be addicted is to “to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively” such as addicted to gambling.

Sin is addicting.  It doesn’t matter what sin is, sin is addicting.  Addiction becomes all an addict thinks about.  It becomes the addict’s life. No one started out thinking, “I think I will become a drug addict.” They never thought that they will become addicted to booze.

Some people jokingly say that they are addicted to a favorite food such as chocolate or coffee and perhaps that is true according to Webster. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

I generally think of an addiction in a negative manner.  However, it is used in the Bible one time and that is in a good sense.  Paul is speaking of some people that have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.  The have surrendered and devoted themselves to serving God by ministering to others habitually and obsessively.  God has become their life. It is all they think about. 

Thus, I can addict myself to a good thing.  Remember, this is not service in God’s name without God involved.  It is allowing God to work through us because we are surrendered to His will.

People ask me how I can serve God with a chronic disease.  Ask yourself, what are you addicted to? Are you addicted to being preoccupied with your disease? Or are you addicted to God?  Praying, writing, reaching out to others – an addict finds a way. 

“I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) I Corinthians 16:15.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

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