Saturday, January 7, 2012
Already Begun, Part 3
Now, I can almost see you shaking your head, maybe even chuckling. You know that my son had to man up, to grow up, or live a life barren of accomplishment or earned satisfaction. He had to learn that work, not pleasure, frames life and, to his credit, he did.
We, however, as believers, often do not. In Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how, though we might begin a new calendar year, the journey of our life with God began long ago. Now, consider that, in getting a grip on our ongoing story, we don't always think about how our faith lives must change. Like my son, we do not consider that, after our first taste of easy adulthood, God will up the ante. He doesn't say, 'Relax, you've earned it.' Instead, he tells us to get our still-immature behind in gear.
He wants more for us and He expects us to want it, too.
From everyone who has been given much, much more will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.--Luke 12:48
Faith comes with a price. It will not ease my way; it will pile it with obstruction.
As the faith is God's gift, so are life's challenges. As one increases, so will the other. But, as trouble increases, so does grace.
Grace does not come with ease. It is not needed there.
As we ask for revelation of faith, for wisdom, for a greater vision of God Himself, we have to remember that trouble and challenge will be their companions. But so will grace, our access to your already-accomplished victory.
We should not be surprised when God pares away what we do not need in order to fully animate what we do.
And, thankfully, He has still more.