Jesus Over Everything with Lisa Whittle
Today on Walk it Out, I chatted about Jesus Over Everything with author Lisa Whittle.
As I read this book, the summary of Jesus Over Everything is actually a whisper: “Daughter, I have so much more for you …”
“The core of why our lives don’t work isn’t the life itself but what internally we never made right,” Lisa says. Right from chapter one, I love how Lisa broke down why things weren’t working for us.
There are three things that make our lives not work in the long term:
- too many options, mental confusion, second-guessing, dissatisfaction
- getting away with something that’s not good for us, “Admitting something that isn’t visibly hurting us is a sin is perhaps the hardest leap to make.”
- trying to handle everything ourselves self-sufficiency
We fill our lives and our schedules—and we try to please others—believing we are martyrs, as if all the overdoing could produce humility and selflessness. We want a simple life, but we just buy more and do more … and Jesus isn’t the center of any of it. When we put us over God, it falls apart. When we put God over us, it always works.
During our interview, the chapter we talked about the most was Holiness Over Freedom, Chapter Four. In this chapter, Lisa shares how we view God and His divine nature determines how seriously we will take being holy. I don’t know about you, but when I first became a Christian I didn’t like that word holiness. First, because I thought it was unattainable. Second, because I thought holiness came from doing all the right things, and none of the wrong things … which is impossible. Instead, Lisa says, “Holiness isn’t about rules; it is about spiritual relinquishment.” Don’t you love that?!
I summarized the questions Lisa has in the book in this way:
Each of us must make daily choices for holiness, pausing and asking:
- Jesus, what freedom(s) am I enjoying more than your Word?
- What is distracting me from living all in with You?
- What am I resisting letting go of?
Jesus will talk to us if we pause to listen. In the upside-down kingdom of following Jesus, we choose to be holy over free, and Jesus rewards it by providing more freedom. Freedom of the flesh is doing what we want, when we want. Whereas freedom of the Spirit is living a Spirit-led, Spirit-controlled life. We can give our lives away to the freedoms here, or we can give our lives away to Jesus, choosing Him and enjoying the far greater benefits of right living.
If this message of holiness, freedom, and turning everything over to Jesus touches your heart today, you’ll love (and want to share!) today’s podcast.
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- Jesus Over Everything — I love this book!
- Ministry Strong
- Called Creatives
- Colossians 1:17-18
- The Grumble-Free Year
- John 16:33
- The One-Year Book of Amish Peace
- Knowing God’s Heart
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