The word, “counterintuitive” means contrary to intuition or common sense expectations. In application it means doing what comes unnaturally to us. It is tough to live life in a way that is unnatural to us, but that is God’s intent.
Let me explain using one of the distinctives of the Wesleyan concept of Original Righteousness and Original Sin. We know from the earliest passages in Genesis that everything God created was good and that God beheld all God created and said this is GOOD!
But then came the will of Adam and Eve to disobey God and sin came rushing into the scenario like kudzu in the South as a result of their disobedience. More specifically, sin corrupted us and changed us. We were created not to think about self but to set our minds on God and the beauty of His creation and our relationship. Thus, sin gave us a new default, to think first and foremost about self and perpetuate a battle of self-absorption.
Sarah Young aptly describes this battle with self-centeredness and suggests learning the art of self-forgetfulness. What a joyful but challenging thought! She suggests that we were not designed by our creator to focus on ourselves, but reminds us that the Holy Spirit helps us with this and many other weaknesses.
Thank God for His understanding of our struggle and dilemma. God whose love is new every morning offers us a way forward:
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. —ROMANS 8:9
Stop and give thanks today as God invites us back to his version of good and pleasing unto God. It’s counterintuitive for us, but the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that God is present to help us through the Holy Spirit!