This week it has been clear to me that there is a club that Christians need to resign from as members if we ever hope to be what God has called us to be. It’s the AAA club. The AAA club represents to me seems to be the three greatest challenges that keep us from loving God and loving others as God has called us to.
Too often we believers are Angry, Anxious, and Afraid – it seems that the spirit of these three emotions saps the Spirit right out of our lives. Scripture tells us that "…the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God" (James 1:20, NASB). Yet, somehow, all around us, there are angry people, sadly, too many of them followers of Jesus. We get angry over the smallest things..steaks that aren’t cooked right, traffic that doesn’t move fast enough, gas prices that soar too high, people that won’t listen or cooperate with us. We blame others for making us angry, when in reality, the anger that is revealed has been in our hearts all along, it was just revealed by the circumstances we encountered. Jesus said "…for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt. 12:34, NIV).
The same principle is true with anxiety. Paul tells us to "be anxious for nothing…" (Phil. 4:6, NASB), yet we fret over the smallest things, and treat God as if He can’t take care of anything that we encounter. The circumstances don’t cause the anxiety, they simply reveal the anxious heart that is there.
Jesus said "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV). Again, Jesus identifies the issue as having its’ roots in the heart. It seems apparent that our hearts are being held hostage by anger, anxiety, and being afraid.
If we are angry, anxious, and afraid, what is there left in us that is attractive to a lost, hurting, dying world that desperately needs Jesus? The world already have a full supply of anger, anxiety and fear. What they need the peace, love and joy only Jesus can offer, and if they don’t see Jesus making a difference in us, we’ll never get the chance to share Him with others.
It’s time for us to turn in our AAA cards and enter into the rest, the peace, the joy that our Lord has in store. Life is too short to waste the precious time we have.