Thursday, October 16, 2008

Our Part and God's Part

We love to shift responsibility.  In fact, this is one of the key characteristics of our culture:  we want and desire to have authority shifted in our direction, but we don't want the responsibility that comes from having that authority.

We can even see this in our lives of faith.

We all trend toward a life of apathy or inaction.  What's worse is when we use biblical words to support unbiblical ideas.

Have you ever heard it from a friend who believes in God when asked about their role in the world?  "Oh, I'm not going to participate.  I'm just going to hope in the Lord!"  Have you ever said it?

How have we arrived at the place when our faith is used as an excuse for our inactivity?  Is there anything in us that knows faith, hope, and love are all activist ideals?  One cannot practice these principles and be dormant.  A life of faith is not static, it is active!  Hope isn't passive, it is passionate and bold!  Love certainly doesn't rest, it aggressively pursues.

Make no mistake about it:  God always does his part.  He always follows through and always comes through.

So if our lives are falling short of the dreams of our hearts, is it possible we need to play our part in the story?  Is there something we can all do to be a part of this narrative, the story of humanity?

Maybe we need to do our part.  Maybe God is waiting for us, drawing us, inviting us to be a part of the good in this world.

Will we have the courage to join?

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