Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Spring Into Action

“Won’t the awareness God loves us no matter what lead to spiritual laziness and moral laxity? Theoretically, this seems a reasonable fear, but in reality the opposite is true…the more rooted we are in the love of God, the more generously we will live our faith.” ~Brennan Manning, Lion and Lamb~

The answer to the million dollar question in our quote today is “Yes and No.” Different people handle the knowledge of God loving them differently. Some take advantage of the fact that “God loves them no matter what.” They figure they can do whatever they want and get away with it. Their relationship with Christ is as shallow as their reasoning. The model they use is the smaller the effort required to exert into the relationship the better.

However, those who treasure this knowledge do something with it as they spring into action. They build upon it instead of sit on it. They add increasing value to it through their faith and actions instead of devaluing a precious treasure. They set it aside as something personal instead of making it an impersonal thing they care little about as if it was an item to be pulled off the shelf and used at their convenience.

No, the knowledge of God’s love is something of priceless value. You would think after all He went through to show us what we are worth to Him we could at least get off our spiritual duffs and show Him back how much we care. We are as lazy as we make ourselves to be. Why are we so willing to stop at a good thing (knowing God loves us) when we can go on to even greater things such as a closer walk with the Lord?

Lazy. I’m sorry but that word just seems to fit. We think its all about receiving and not about the giving of ourselves in return. Our reasoning is, “God loves me so I should get all I want. The church is supposed to love me so they need to meet all my needs.” And the lazy attitude continues on.

People, people, people! Wake up! The answer is not to take away the knowledge of God’s unfailing love but to learn what to do with it. To enhance upon it as we move on to those greater things we can have in a closer walk with Christ. It starts with rooting ourselves in God’s love not hiding behind it. God’s love for us is so totally awesome, a treasure that will only increase in value if we allow it.

Only we personally can improve, increase, and add to this wonderful thing. We can’t outsource the job to someone else to accomplish. We can’t not feed it and still expect it to grow. We can’t take advantage of it and expect to get something in return. We are the ones responsible to take this knowledge and use it. Use it to grow closer to the Lord. To appreciate what He has done for us and look forward to the blessings to come.

The knowledge of the Creator of the Universe loving us should spring us into action not the other way around.

© 2010 Karen J Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing


Marsha Young said...

Great comment - "we cannot outsource the job to someone else."

Nope! Life is a do-it-yourself project, and that includes our willingness to walk with Him.
... Marsha Young

Anonymous said...

We cannot outsource the job to someone else...

I love this. I love how you touch on the world's sense of entitlement here. It is one thing that frustrates me so much.

I always ask myself and my children: Where are you going to go with this? How are you going to give this God talent and God love back?

Excellent post, Karen. Excellent.