According to reliable sources, the dietary health supplements industry will exceed 37 billion this year in the U.S. alone. It is projected that sales will reach 278 billion by 2024. If you were to ask 10 people if they take supplements, in today’s world it is highly likely that all ten are probably taking some form of health or dietary related supplement. Supplements are here to stay, and it sure seems like we are living more and more in a “supplement energized” world.
The dictionary defines supplement as: something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. People take supplements because they are not getting the proper nutrients, or certain supplements will give them the additional enhancement that their normal diet does not give them. In some cases, they are not replacing their diet, they are adding to an existing dietary lifestyle that they are content with.
The “supplement mentality” extends beyond physical dietary consumption into areas of faith, and unfortunately it is how some people see their relationship with God. For many who have busy lives and busy careers, there primary interest in Christ, and His place in their life is really nothing more than a “supplemental place”. They want to add just enough of the “Jesus Supplement”, but not too much…. just enough to satisfy the religious needs they may feel they have, or just enough to appease their conscience. The Lord Jesus to them is really nothing more than a “supplement” to enhance a lifestyle that they are already happy with and have no desire to change.
My brothers and sisters this “supplemental mentality” that is present in our day is an indication of how urgent and desperate our generation needs revival. Our Lord Jesus did not come into this world to be anyone’s supplement.
He suffered on the cross so that our sins which separated us from God could be removed, that we might be restored to be all that God meant for us to be. For the believer He is their ALL IN ALL, not a supplement. The Lord Jesus is the treasure of all treasures, and we must pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our generation that the worth of Christ would so grip the hearts of people that they will turn to Him in genuine repentance and genuine love for what He did, who He is, and who He wants to be in their life. We must also everyday live so that the worth of our Lord Jesus shines out from our lives in such a way that those around us may clearly see that Jesus is not a supplement to us…… He is our Lord, He is our King, He is the very heart of our own heart, and the very reason for our life and our existence on this earth. Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
From my heart to yours