I love Pinterest. I love the quick links to easy steps for a better life. Pinterest has a way of motivating people to improve their lives by empowering them to think, “Even I can do that!” Even though many (including myself) fail to follow through with Pinterest projects, the starting point of pinning creates a desire for a quick-easy fix to life’s problems.
I recently turned to Pinterest for a quick-easy fix. Yesterday morning I had a doctor’s appointment where I was given an indefinite treatment plan of lifestyle changes. After being presented with multiple (possible) contributing factors to my pain, I decided to start my own research based on Pinterest links. The quick links to easy steps to a pain-free life told me about 18,000 foods I need to incorporate into my diet. There is absolutely no way I could ever try everything that the links suggested. To try anything would be a contradiction to the findings in another article. And that was only the nutritional aspect of my research. I was left completely overwhelmed. This time Pinterest didn’t make me feel empowered; it made me feel powerless.
My search for proactive healing reminds me of the woman who bled for 12 years. (But thank God I’m not that bad off!) Luke 8:43 tells us that she “spent all she had on doctors yet could not be healed by any.” Where doctors and treatment plans failed her, Jesus came through for her. After all of her efforts to find healing herself, she only found it when she reached out for Jesus.
As human beings, it is in our nature to want to fix things ourselves. After all, Eve bit the apple to know good and evil for herself. But this attraction to self-help created the largest problem humanity has ever faced: sin. And still, we want to fix this problem ourselves. When the prison doors opened for Paul and Silas, the jailer thought he was done for. But at the discovery of his remaining prisoners, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Even when we desire to be saved, we want something to do.
Paul and Silas told the jailer to “believe on the Lord Jesus” in order to be saved (Acts 16:31). They didn’t give him a to-do list or Five Easy Steps for a Better Eternity. Instead, they pointed him to the person of Jesus Christ. I think that sometimes we overcomplicate the Gospel; we want ourselves to have a role in our own salvation. We ask, “What must I DO to be saved?” Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us the answer: nothing.
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
Although we should strive to live as followers of Christ, nothing we can ever do will bring about salvation for ourselves. The only role we have in our own salvation is in trusting Jesus to save.
In regards to my own healing, I’m not saying that I only have to believe, and I will be healed. God isn’t Santa Claus. My point is that I can try everything and succeed at nothing, if I’m acting apart from Christ. Proverbs 16:9 states, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.” Our plans, our quick-easy fixes, our efforts to save ourselves will be trumped by God’s will. And the good thing about that is the fact that He wants to be our source of provision. So instead of seeking out proactive healing, let’s seek the Healer Himself.