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  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

Davidisms: Your Jesus Is Just a Crutch

“Your Jesus is just a crutch.”

It’s an often-spoken phrase of ridicule toward followers of Jesus. Has it ever been said to you?

If so, how should you respond to someone who views Jesus this way?

Here is what I say: “Yep, you’re right. I am weak. Broken. Walk through life with a limp. And Jesus holds and supports me. Every moment of every day. He gives me the strength to take the next step. And the next one. Throughout all my life.”

Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebecca, wrestled with God throughout the night. He wanted a blessing from God, and wouldn’t let go until he received that blessing. In the morning, God did give him a blessing. But he also touched Jacob’s hip, causing him to walk with a limp for the rest of his life (Genesis 32:22-32).

From that moment forward, Jacob became crippled. And God became his crutch. With each step, for the rest of his life, Jacob realized that God was enough. His sufficiency - no matter what he would face. And as a result, Jesus would later refer to his Father as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

The apostle Paul reached the same conclusion. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Jesus is indeed our crutch.

Thank God he is!

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