Friday, July 09, 2010

Romans 10:1-13

I was taken with a verse from this passage from The Message. Eugene Peterson paraphrases Paul and says "It's the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us...That's it. You're not doing anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation." I had never thought of trust in God to meet your needs as salvation. I have always concentrated on salvation happening when you believe that Christ died for your sins and rose again.

My problem is that I'm really a control freak. I have a hard time turning everything over to God. Plus, I really wonder at what point does God want us to abdicate our decision-making over our lives and turn everything over to Him? Surely He doesn't want us to irresponsibly wait for Him to take action in our lives. So what is the right amount of independence and abdication?

Perhaps it's in the asking for God's help to begin with. To do that, you really have to take some responsibility. You have to know that there is a problem and you have to know that it is bigger than your capability to fix it, right? You reach a point with a problem when it's time to turn it over and I think we all know when that moment arrives. Turning it over feels right. That's not abdication at all, but rather taking responsibility for finding the means to resolution.

Perhaps, too, turning it over does not mean no longer being responsible for the issue and the fix. Perhaps turning it over is just the beginning and that salvation is the road you walk as you solve life's issues along side of God.

I would love to hear any comments you may have about this. How do you allow God to help you?

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