Functional savior

Gosh, I’m really digging Driscoll and Breshear’s book, Vintage Jesus.

This morning, in talking about the fact that Jesus is the exclusive Savior, they discussed the many “functional saviors” in which we often place our hope. The reality of functional saviors is that while they may bring relief for a time, they will ultimately disappoint us.

Driscoll and Breshears give a list of questions to “help us uncover our functional saviors.” I typically do not like to engage in this kind of introspection, but this morning I felt the urge to start writing out the answers to these questions. I only got through the first two, so I’ve got a few days of reflection left. I found them insightful and profitable so I thought maybe you’d benefit too.

Take a few minutes over the next few days and answer these questions. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and your “savior”:

  1. What am I most afraid of?
  2. What do I long for most passionately?
  3. Where do I run for comfort?
  4. What do I complain about the most?
  5. What angers me most?
  6. What makes me happiest?
  7. How do I explain myself to other people?
  8. What has caused me to be angry with God?
  9. What do I brag about?
  10. What do I want to have more than anything else?
  11. What do I sacrifice the most for in my life?
  12. If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?
  13. Whose approval am I seeking?
  14. What do I want to control/master?
  15. What comfort do I treasure the most?

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