Faith Outside the Box

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A recent event made me think about faith outside the box. The event happened when we visited the ER at a local hospital after my father-in-law fell. After checking him in, we waited in the waiting room for any updates on his condition. After a while, I walked outside to get a breath of fresh air and stretch my legs. His injuries did not appear severe, but we still waited for all the test results before we could relax.

Faith in the Box

Off to the side of the entrance, I noticed some workers boxing up a huge object. Their work piqued my interest during the moment’s boredom, so I walked closer. I saw a statue of Jesus encased in bubble wrap inside the box. I stepped back, and I think I let out a small gasp as the men turned to look at me. One of them spoke, “The hospital doesn’t need the statue any longer, so it is going to a new place.” I nodded and headed back inside. The family all laughed as I retold the story. The imagery of the Jesus statue all boxed up provided us some laughter, which relieved the stress of my father-in-law’s fall.

As God sometimes does, He takes an event and teaches me something from it. I found the statue in the crate as one of these teaching moments. Do we keep Jesus in a box? Do we try to limit His impacts on our daily schedules? Or do we box Him up because we feel we no longer need a Savior? 

Unboxing Faith

The call from the secular world is strong in our society. Some believers try to box God into a Sunday-only God and then don’t acknowledge Him the rest of the week. Some people believe they can live a life rooted in the material world without the consequences because they can unbox God anytime they need Him. This also makes me think about those old bumper stickers: “God is my co-pilot.” Some Christians still believe they can pilot their destiny without Jesus along for the ride. But is that the kind of relationship God wants with His people?

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God created us for a relationship with Him. But, He also made us to serve His purpose in the world. The Great Commission Bible verse found in Matthew 28:19-20 sums up God’s purpose for us, to share our faith in Christ with others. To fulfill that purpose, we must be in the right relationship with God. So what does a Godly relationship look like when we take Him out of the box? Let’s look at some ways to strengthen our relationship with Jesus.

Ways to Open the Box of Faith

Talk Daily God

Relationships involve communication, and the way to communicate with God is through prayer. When we take God out of a box, we can have a deeper relationship with Him. Start with the Lord’s Prayer if you don’t know what to say. Over time, prayer becomes more natural as we grow comfortable with sharing our thoughts and feelings with Christ. Also, take time to be quiet and listen. 

Read the Bible Daily

The words of the Bible are one way that God speaks back to us. But if we are not reading it, how will we know what He is saying to us. We can find many apps and websites to help us accomplish this goal. Some offer a new verse each day, which can be a great way to start unboxing our relationship with God.

Surround Ourselves with Faithful People

Attend church regularly. Additionally, Sunday School classes or small Bible study groups can help us grow our faith and hold us accountable for that growth in Christ. We can learn much from those already living a life with God out of the box.

Memorize Some Bible Verses

I find it helpful to memorize and recall Bible verses when stressed or feeling worried. My life verse, the one I go to in a time of trouble, is Romans 8:28. I recite it often during struggles, and I feel His comfort surround me and His peace settle over me. 

God does not want us to box Him up and only interact with Him on our terms. He wants a daily relationship with us. So unpack the crate and invite Him in. Christ is waiting; He stands at the door and knocks. All we have to do is open the box to let Him out.

Prayer

“I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!” Ephesians 1:17-18 (TPT)

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Grace and Peace to you,

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24 thoughts on “Faith Outside the Box

  1. Melissa G. Henderson – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    Melissa G. Henderson

    What a great reminder to never put Jesus in a box. He wants a daily relationship with us, not just when we take Him out of a box. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I love when God provides me with these kind of visual reminders to deepen my relationship with Him. Blessings on your day.

  2. SO good as always. I am working hard to make sure God rules my life, every bit of it, and that I’m not compartmentalizing and confining Him to certain areas. I don’t want Jesus in a box! 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I try also but sometimes I realize I have put Him in a box as I try to take control. Thanks Jessica and blessings to you.

  3. Ava Pennington – Ava has a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. She’s passionate about encouraging readers and writers. She began writing for publication after a 20+ year corporate executive career in NYC. Her publication credits include articles in numerous magazines as well as short stories in 30+ anthologies. Her one-year devotional, Daily Reflections on the Names of God, is being released by Revell Books this year in a gift book edition, titled Reflections on the Names of God, which includes content from the original devotional. For more information about Ava’s books, speaking, and writers’ services, visit www.AvaPennington.com.
    Ava Pennington

    Yes, yes, yes!
    I wonder how many times I’ve gotten in the way of how the Lord wants to use me because I’m stuck here (inside the box) and He’s working there (outside the box)!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I think we all experience such times in our lives, I know I do. It is so easy to fall into this worldly trap. Thanks Ava and God bless.

  4. We do sometimes put Jesus in a box when we don’t even realize that’s what we do. We are surrounded by so many distractions that can pull us away from our faith. It is so important to stay connected to Him and abide in the vine so the fruit of the Spirit can be evident to the world.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Barbara. I believe The distractions around us like to focus on ourselves instead of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus in a box keeps us in our comfort zone. God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you very much Annie. God bless

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    These are powerful questions, Yvonne! Do we keep Jesus in a box? Do we try to limit His impacts on our daily schedules? Or do we box Him up because we feel we no longer need a Savior?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. It was a powerful visual message when I saw it. God bless.

  6. milesforacure2013
    Jen

    I love this post. What a visual. I get annoyed (even though I am guilty of it) of comfortable Christianity. Putting God in a box so we remain in control and comfortable. Thank you for this great post.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jen. I think we are all guilty of this at times in our lives. It is so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be in control of life. Thanks and God bless.

  7. I was saddened about the comment the workers made, “The hospital doesn’t need Jesus anymore.” So they put Him in a box. Thanks for sharing a lesson from that interaction. I wish there was a way we could let others know that we ALWAYS need Jesus. Your strategies for us to keep Jesus in our lives rather than in a box are right on target. As with any relationship, we have to commit to making it work and that takes time and effort. Thank you, Yvonne.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Katherine. It did sadden me too but I see that kind of attitude all around me daily. Like you, I want to let everyone know that they need Jesus. God bless

  8. Thanks for the reminder to not put God in a box and limit His abilities. Instead, I need to spend time with Him daily and watch as He works in my life.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. We all need connect more with Jesus. Thanks Joanna

  9. Fun AND powerful post, Yvonne. This is certainly a new twist on “Think outside the box.” lol. I like how several of your key points say, “daily.” Talk to God and read His Word daily!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It made me think of that saying too. Agreed that we need to interact with God daily. Thanks Karen and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Sylvia. I do see this as a problem with our lives and in churches. Praying we can all find ways to let Christ loose in our lives. God bless.

  10. Sorry I’m so tardy in responding Ms. Yvonne. I need to do some “weeding” I think. 🙂 In any case, as I always do, I loved your post ma’am. I must admit though, I felt a different feeling come over me as you described what you saw when you went outside. The “boxing up of Jesus” brought a dark, foreboding cloud over my soul. While I can’t know the impetus behind the hospital’s decision, I pray it’s because they replaced it with an even larger version, I felt a nefarious presence of worldliness surrounding me. As you went on to explain, there’s a great deal of placing Jesus in a box, removing Him from the public eye, etc. that’s going on in the world today. And in many of those cases, much like statues that show our uniquely American history, the reason behind it is man’s desire to remove God from the public eye. What these purveyors of sin, hatred, and division will never understand is that you can remove God’s name from the public eye, but you can’t dethrone Him from the hearts of His children. They’ll learn, the hard way for a great many of them I’m afraid, that He is the king of kings and Lord of lords. God’s blessings precious lady, and let us endeavor to keep shining His light into this ever-darkening world.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Very good points JD. Our world does want to box Him up and put Him out of sight. I did not think to ask if they were putting up a new one or removing their public association with Christ. Many, throughout history, have tried to wipe out Christ from the public and it has never worked. Thanks for your added insight. God bless.

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