Overwhelmed. We all feel it. On any given day we are wearing anywhere from 2 to 5 different hats so it’s no wonder we feel buried. We often hear that the remedies for overwhelm are “Make a list. Prioritize. Delegate. Pray. Read your Bible. Spend time with God. Get on your mat.”
Blah Blah Blah.
All of those things are short-term modifications that rarely give lasting relief. In fact, often we commit to doing those things and consequently they become the source of our overwhelm.
So let’s redefine Overwhelm. Maybe, like most words, it has another meaning; one that would illicit a different response than the familiar one of defeat.
In Matthew 28:19, when Jesus gives the great commission and says,
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
The word baptize here mean (get this) to overwhelm. It also means to cleanse by submerging.
The word God uses for overwhelm in our co-mission with Christ spins our understanding, doesn’t it? To baptize is to overwhelm. The power of the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit overwhelms. It saturates and consumes but when it does, it brings life. It breaks no backs or buries its beloved. It defends and defeats.
Can I challenge you to something today? Ask the Spirit to tug on your heart, that the next time you feel the weight of overwhelm, you can be strengthened to choose to take Him at His Word and remember that He is able to do immeasurably more than anything you could ever hope for or imagine. Receive the joyful reality that, because of Christ, overwhelm has a new meaning, and this is very good news, friends.
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