It seems that we human beings are meant to be addicted. There are many things we can become addicted to. There are the obvious ones such as drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and so on. Then there are the not so obvious such as shopping and eating. Some folks are just what some might call co-dependent, meaning that they cannot be alone for any length of time. This too can become like an addiction. The question that arises is why are we like this?
Human beings were created requiring a source from which they derive everything they need in order to possess life. Jesus said it like this, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser… I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” I would like to bring your attention to Jesus’ words that he is the TRUE vine. The fact that he used the word true implies that there is a false vine. I think this is the answer to the question about why we are addictive people. We are born sinners attached, as it were, to the false or wrong vine therefore we become ravenous in our hungers for the wrong things. We live with the insatiable need to be filled, and until we hear the gospel and receive Christ we will continue to fill our lives with everything else.
I once heard a man give a talk and he spoke about how people get married with the expectation that their mate will bring them fulfillment. He said it was like having two ticks with no dog. Both of them were sucking the life out of each other because they weren’t attached to the vine, or life source, for which they were created. As Jesus said we are a branch and a branch, in and of itself, isn’t able to create or manifest what it needs to bear fruit on its own and that is why Jesus said that apart from him we can do nothing.
Now I can hear some already saying well I see people doing all sorts of things that aren’t even believers. What about that? The things that I am talking about are things that are of Godly, eternal significance. And apart from being attached to the true vine we are unable to produce anything that will matter in the end.
There is even a verse in 1 Corinthians 16:15 KJV that tells us about some folks that had addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints. So we discover even in the Bible that there is an addiction that can be good and that is ministering to others. That my friend is a good addiction and one I am developing in my own life. So it turns out that being addicted isn’t the problem as much as what we are addicted to.
Written by Louie