Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Failure to Commit

In Christian circles it is popular to say that we want to live the life God created us to live, but the reality is that very few Christians actually live like it.  I know that it has been true in my case.  I will try to live a life of holiness as long as it is easy and doesn’t require too much from me, so as soon as an obstacle is place in the way I give up.

Author Dallas Willard wrote;
The general human failing is to want what is right and important, but at the same time not to commit to the kind of life that will produce the action we know to be right and the condition we want to enjoy.  This is the feature of human character that explains why the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  We intend what is right, but we avoid the live that would make it reality (The Spirit of the Disciplines, p. 6).

Salvation is a work of God.  It begins with His love for us and ends with His ultimate victory over his foes (Satan, sin, and death).  Just because salvation is God’s work does not give us an excuse to do nothing.  God expects us to commit to change.  Paul put this expectation into writing when he wrote:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4; ESV).

To seek the things that are above and to set our minds our godly things requires a commitment on our part.  A failure to commit to the things of God will result in a life that is not transformed.  If we want to live the life God created us to live it will require that we are seeking first God and His Kingdom.  In other words, we need to commit to God and trust Him to give us true and everlasting life.

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