It Works! and Jesus By April Dillow
I’m sure you’ve seen the “It Works” craze that is sweeping the nation right now. If not, I suspect you’re in really good shape, don’t have a Facebook account, or your friends just aren’t that ambitious.
It Works is a company where independent salespeople, like you and me, can sign up to sell products such as “The Crazy Wrap Thing” or the “Cleanse” system to promote health and weight loss!
It looks like a fantastic company, and I have many friends who are reaping the benefits of improved health, financial status, and time management skills from this business.
Buuuuut I suspect you already knew that, or else you wouldn’t have clicked on this article, wondering how in the world It Works and Jesus are connected (and if you didn’t, you should know that I just gave you a terrible definition up there… let me hook you up with my friend Rebekah at the end who can help). Well, here are a few of my thoughts…
They both cleanse. As I was sitting in my dorm room this weekend, lamenting the fact that I completely ruined any attempt at living a healthy lifestyle this weekend since I somehow managed to stuff an entire pound cake, several rows of Oreos, a few (few?) bowls of ice cream, a handful of M&Ms (handful??), and a piece of some sort of cheesecake down my throat within a two day period, I found myself where I often find myself before Monday morning—sitting with Pinterest open in front of me and hundreds of Juice Cleanse pins staring me back in the face.
Juice Cleanse?? When did I ever get this desperate?
Maybe you’ve been in the same boat before. So consumed with guilt over something that you’ve done. Something that is in the past and can’t be changed. Willing to do ungodly things (like juice cleanses…no offense to you cleansers out there- I have the utmost respect) in the hopes of feeling any hope and happiness that will dull the ache of disappointment… disappointment in yourself for not living up to your own standards.
As Christians, we know that Jesus can wash away our guilt. He can cleanse us. And better still, He wants to wash us up and give us a new start.
Sometimes we need to cleanse our physical bodies in order to start fresh and make a new commitment to health, and it is the same with our spiritual selves.
We need to look to Jesus and confess to Him our guilty feelings, our shortcomings, our disappointments, so that He can come in and wash us clean. Sometimes it takes time and discipline (you know, like sitting down with Him, reading His word, giving Him a chance to speak to you), just like sticking to a juice cleanse can be both satisfying and brutally uncomfortable. However, I promise you that He wants you to be set free from guilt more than you know. Just give Him a chance.
Both wrap you up. How could I talk about It Works without bringing up the Crazy Wrap thing!? The way I see it, sometimes you just need to cover up your insecurities, bind them up with something soothing and healing…
Just like the Crazy Wrap binds up your problem areas and works without any effort on your part, I feel like Jesus’ presence, His Spirit, works the same way (stick with me here, I know this is a stretch!)
Another thing I learned was how the wrap works by ridding the body of harmful toxins, and in the same way the Spirit works by uncovering the sins, or “toxins”, that we need to address and let Him take care of in order to make us clean and healthy inside.
His Spirit can come in, wrap up your heart and heal your wounds. How do I know? Because He has done it for me. And that leads me to my next point…
Both have to be experienced. You can have a million people telling you that It Works is the best thing that has ever happened to them, but until you experience it for yourself, will you ever be convinced?
Let me tell you, I am the world’s biggest skeptic. Sometimes it’s annoying for my friends, I’m sure. Heck, sometimes I annoy myself!
So trust me when I say that occasionally the only way to gain that convincing personal experience is by taking a step of faith.
Have you ever tried It Works? If you haven’t, how do you know it isn’t the answer to all your weight loss/health problems? We can argue back and forth forever, but I think without giving it a try, any arguments can be refuted fairly easily.
It’s kinda like when we were little and our parents wanted us to try that casserole at the church potluck. “Mom, I don’t like that!!” “Honey, you haven’t ever tried it before.” “I know! But I just know I won’t like it!” Common, we’ve all been there.
So let me ask you, have you given Jesus a try? There are so many factors that influence our view of Him and the whole Christianity thing, but unless you have given Him a wholehearted, honest chance, then how do you know for sure you aren’t missing something?
Taking care of extra body weight is an important thing, but making sure your soul is right with God is something else entirely, something far more important.
You don’t want to miss knowing Jesus just because you weren’t willing to give Him a try.
I know there are many more analogies we could come up with between It Works and Jesus… one of my favorite being that they both have ambassadors who post on Facebook A LOT and can’t say enough about their product…
But more seriously, they both require commitment, dedication, time, a passion for connecting with others, and a focus that remains steadfast through the ups and the downs.
So, even though I can’t give you a free sample of It Works, I want to gift you with this free sample of Jesus. He says,
“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark,”
“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 12:46, 4:14).
I couldn’t tell you about juice cleanses or even It Works… but I can tell you that Jesus works. He wants to cleanse you, wrap you up, and give you a fresh start.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through
Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It Works: https://www.facebook.com/bekahmen