The Spirit transforms people without addiction.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” -2 Corinthians 3:17,18

People like to crave. Cravings make life easy, because they provide motivation. They make us feel alive. Even if we don’t have a good reason for doing something, a craving moves beyond that and gives us the energy to do it.

If we crave success, or intimacy, or substances, then we find it hard not to chase after those things, whether they’re good or bad for us. We want them even if we don’t know why.

I’ve heard it said that having something to love is more important than being loved. Cravings give us a kind of free love. Almost a forced love.

But the Spirit transforms people without addiction.

In the Spirit, the veil is taken away and our motives are revealed. He teaches us why we crave what we do, and he shows us the end result of that craving. Then he leaves us with one other option: God.

Almost unfortunately, though, the Lord is not addictive. He is attractive, and he can motivate, but he will not make you crave him.

Slavery to God is voluntary.

And so one of my resolutions is never to give up on God because of a craving, or an addiction. Because, although things in this life pull me back and forth and all around, those addictions are never worth my freedom. I won’t settle for an addiction, because real freedom is possible in the Spirit. And it is never a lost cause because, although God is not addictive, he does have the power to transform, and he can cause other addictions to lose their power.

Life should be powered by intelligent motivation; anything less is just commotion.

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