Mark Driscoll in Vintage Jesus shares that many people serve and chase after functional saviors – false gods that we run after to “save us.”  He shared how magazines and advertising reveals some of those functional saviors.  When reading about this it reminded me of a group that I used to listen to in high school/college – Depeche Mode.  They had a song called “Personal Jesus” which I think describes this tendency to reach out for all sorts of things to save us as the video below demonstrates.

 

We all have the propensity to have these “saviors”, our personal Jesus as Depeche Mode would put it,  take up residence in our lives.  Driscoll states that the question that needs to be answered is not whether we will run to a functional savior – those who don’t trust Christ do (as well as some Christ-followers).  The question we need to ask is whether or not that savior we are trusting in can actually save us.

While a diet may help us lose weight, a spouse may cure our loneliness, and a child may give us joy and improve our quality of life, they work best as gifts from God to be enjoyed and not as functional savior-gods.

He lists some questions that can help us uncover functional saviors in our life:

  • What am I most afraid of?
  • What do I long for most passionately?
  • Where do I run for comfort?
  • What do I complain about most?
  • What angers me most?
  • What makes me happiest?
  • How do I explain myself to other people?
  • What has caused me to be angry with God?
  • What do I brag about?
  • What do I want to have more than anything else?
  • Who do I sacrifice the most for in my life?
  • If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?
  • Whose approval am I seeking?
  • What do I want to control/master?
  • What comfort do I treasure the most?

Answering those questions honestly may be hard, but it is necessary to examine ourselves before God in order that we might rightly give Him preeminence in our lives.  I know at times in my life my ministry served as a functional savior.  Other times food.  I encourage you to pray with King David, as you answer these questions, who said:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting, (Psalm 139:23-24, ESV)!

8 comments
  1. What am I most afraid of?

    Dying in a horrible plane crash – or even just flying

    What do I long for most passionately?

    To see the people around me live successful lives – happy lives

    Where do I run for comfort?

    I go to hobbies usually – I’ll play some guitar or some video games. I also talk with people – or sometimes just allow the convo to God to exist.

    What do I complain about most?

    People that struggle for no good reason except their inability to heed better advice

    What angers me most?

    When I try something and over and over I cannot get it

    What makes me happiest?

    I like what I have in life – I am happy with people enjoying it with me or even sometimes leaving me to enjoy it

    How do I explain myself to other people?

    I am a mild mannered First Nations person with concern for the society I live in

    What has caused me to be angry with God?

    Nothing (to be honest) – but I have to be angry about something – then I will have to say the vicious injustices that happened to many cultures (and still does) in the name of colonialism

    What do I brag about?

    I am not one for bragging – but I really do admire the fact I came from broke as a joke to owning a home this year

    What do I want to have more than anything else?

    A hit record or maybe a book written

    Who do I sacrifice the most for in my life?

    My wife

    If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?

    I am kind of a cold dude in certain regards – I would change my level of interaction with others

    Whose approval am I seeking?

    No one’s.

    What do I want to control/master?

    No one…but sometimes I almost get to this attitude with my wife

    What comfort do I treasure the most?

    I like the ability to travel in a car – that’s just so comforting compared to walking everywhere

    SocietyVss last blog post..The Bible, A Convo, and Choice

  2. What am I most afraid of?

    Dying in a horrible plane crash – or even just flying

    What do I long for most passionately?

    To see the people around me live successful lives – happy lives

    Where do I run for comfort?

    I go to hobbies usually – I’ll play some guitar or some video games. I also talk with people – or sometimes just allow the convo to God to exist.

    What do I complain about most?

    People that struggle for no good reason except their inability to heed better advice

    What angers me most?

    When I try something and over and over I cannot get it

    What makes me happiest?

    I like what I have in life – I am happy with people enjoying it with me or even sometimes leaving me to enjoy it

    How do I explain myself to other people?

    I am a mild mannered First Nations person with concern for the society I live in

    What has caused me to be angry with God?

    Nothing (to be honest) – but I have to be angry about something – then I will have to say the vicious injustices that happened to many cultures (and still does) in the name of colonialism

    What do I brag about?

    I am not one for bragging – but I really do admire the fact I came from broke as a joke to owning a home this year

    What do I want to have more than anything else?

    A hit record or maybe a book written

    Who do I sacrifice the most for in my life?

    My wife

    If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?

    I am kind of a cold dude in certain regards – I would change my level of interaction with others

    Whose approval am I seeking?

    No one’s.

    What do I want to control/master?

    No one…but sometimes I almost get to this attitude with my wife

    What comfort do I treasure the most?

    I like the ability to travel in a car – that’s just so comforting compared to walking everywhere

    SocietyVss last blog post..The Bible, A Convo, and Choice

  3. What am I most afraid of?

    Dying in a horrible plane crash – or even just flying

    What do I long for most passionately?

    To see the people around me live successful lives – happy lives

    Where do I run for comfort?

    I go to hobbies usually – I’ll play some guitar or some video games. I also talk with people – or sometimes just allow the convo to God to exist.

    What do I complain about most?

    People that struggle for no good reason except their inability to heed better advice

    What angers me most?

    When I try something and over and over I cannot get it

    What makes me happiest?

    I like what I have in life – I am happy with people enjoying it with me or even sometimes leaving me to enjoy it

    How do I explain myself to other people?

    I am a mild mannered First Nations person with concern for the society I live in

    What has caused me to be angry with God?

    Nothing (to be honest) – but I have to be angry about something – then I will have to say the vicious injustices that happened to many cultures (and still does) in the name of colonialism

    What do I brag about?

    I am not one for bragging – but I really do admire the fact I came from broke as a joke to owning a home this year

    What do I want to have more than anything else?

    A hit record or maybe a book written

    Who do I sacrifice the most for in my life?

    My wife

    If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?

    I am kind of a cold dude in certain regards – I would change my level of interaction with others

    Whose approval am I seeking?

    No one’s.

    What do I want to control/master?

    No one…but sometimes I almost get to this attitude with my wife

    What comfort do I treasure the most?

    I like the ability to travel in a car – that’s just so comforting compared to walking everywhere

    SocietyVss last blog post..The Bible, A Convo, and Choice

  4. What am I most afraid of?

    Dying in a horrible plane crash – or even just flying

    What do I long for most passionately?

    To see the people around me live successful lives – happy lives

    Where do I run for comfort?

    I go to hobbies usually – I’ll play some guitar or some video games. I also talk with people – or sometimes just allow the convo to God to exist.

    What do I complain about most?

    People that struggle for no good reason except their inability to heed better advice

    What angers me most?

    When I try something and over and over I cannot get it

    What makes me happiest?

    I like what I have in life – I am happy with people enjoying it with me or even sometimes leaving me to enjoy it

    How do I explain myself to other people?

    I am a mild mannered First Nations person with concern for the society I live in

    What has caused me to be angry with God?

    Nothing (to be honest) – but I have to be angry about something – then I will have to say the vicious injustices that happened to many cultures (and still does) in the name of colonialism

    What do I brag about?

    I am not one for bragging – but I really do admire the fact I came from broke as a joke to owning a home this year

    What do I want to have more than anything else?

    A hit record or maybe a book written

    Who do I sacrifice the most for in my life?

    My wife

    If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?

    I am kind of a cold dude in certain regards – I would change my level of interaction with others

    Whose approval am I seeking?

    No one’s.

    What do I want to control/master?

    No one…but sometimes I almost get to this attitude with my wife

    What comfort do I treasure the most?

    I like the ability to travel in a car – that’s just so comforting compared to walking everywhere

    SocietyVss last blog post..The Bible, A Convo, and Choice

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