The Christian life is rehab. This is the purpose of Christian rapper’s, Lecrae, album Rehab; this is the point he is trying to get across. So before we get caught up in creative rhymes and dazzled with the yellow and lose sight of the Son, let’s break down this theme and allow Christ to build us up. Let’s say this is “after the music stops”.
People go to rehab for two reasons: 1) they recognize they have a problem and 2) they want to fix it. No one goes to rehab if they don’t want to fix their addiction and it is only ridiculous to think about going to rehab if there is no problem. Rehab is useless if the addict doesn’t think he/she has a problem.
The only rehab I’ve been to is the spiritual one and I’m still in it. The difference between drug rehab and God’s rehab is that people leave drug rehab when the programme is over, sometimes being unchanged, and after a few months, even years maybe, they are addicts again. And again. So they check in twice, three times, four times, five. The problem is that these physical means fix our spiritual problems. And even if they could, “what is seen is temporary” (2 Corinthians 4:18). But they can’t, still they are only temporary.
The Christian life is different. Firstly, when we check in we stay in for life. Sure we get “released into society” in a sense but the reality is that we are still patients being fixed (2 Corinthians 4:16). We don’t check in at the altar and somewhere along the line check back in, or even check ourselves out. See this programme can’t “end” (in this life) because our problem is spiritual and “what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18b). Our problem is that we are dead. We are not simply immoral; we are not simply instinctive and therefore prone to act unethically; we are dead and lost. And the biggest difference between Jesus Christ and ethical and moral teachers which men have deified, Ravi Zacharias says, is that these moralist came to (and can only) make bad people good. Jesus came to make dead people live. John 3:16 says that Christ came so that people would have eternal life. Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us that God made us alive when we were dead. Christ paid the price for our rehab in full. But he went beyond that; he is is our rehab. He comes in and he fixes and fixes until we become like him. And soon he will come back and destroy sin itself – the root of our problem. Christ is our rehab and unless he dies again, rehab stays effective.
When in rehab we do crave the drug that we were once enslaved to but sadly, sin is more than a drug. We do fall sometimes, slip, mess up or whatever we want to call it but we can’t give up. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 sums it up well. Christ has become our righteousness, our rehab. Our bodies are dead because of sin, yet our spirit is alive. And if the Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is living in us, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in us (Romans 8:10, 11)
Check in, check it out!


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