Things I am pondering/struggling (in a good way) with these days:
1. If Christ IS MY LIFE and we are IN CHRIST and HE IN ME, how much effort is required on my part?
Right now I am giving myself the freedom not to DO anything because of compulsion. That is, I have no self-imposed Law that I MUST read my Bible, or have a devotion every day or that I MUST go to church every time the doors are open. I don’t believe that the words “ought to”, “should”, or “need to” belong in a Christian’s vocabulary.
2. He says that we are to take His yoke upon us – doesn’t that imply some effort on our part – doesn’t it also imply the old adage, “God helps those who help themselves” which some believe is un-Biblical?
See also the word sunantilambanetai found only in Luke 10:40 as the word Martha uses when she believes that Mary ought to “help” her and Romans 8:26 that the Spirit “helpeth” us in our infirmities (i.e. in our trials and troubles) This wonderful word means “to lay hold along with, to strive to obtain with others, help in obtaining” or “to take hold with another”.
The word picture I was given for the verse in Romans was it is like I’m carrying a log with the Holy Spirit on the other end WITH (sun) me and FACING (anti) me! Again, isn’t there some effort required on my part? Martha didn’t want Mary to do everything, just for Jesus to tell her to do her part?
3. He says that we are to abide in Him – I ask, how is that accomplished? Maybe that relates to the 1st item.
4. He says to rest in Him – again, I ask how? How does one rest? I guess that again goes back to #1.
Old (misguided) goal – to be more like Christ. We are like Christ the moment we believe, and cannot be MORE like Him.
We also cannot be closer to Him since we are IN Him and He in us.
New goal – for God to REVEAL the FACTS that I am IN HIM and HE IN ME and to UNDERSTAND how to abide and rest and take His yoke upon me – however those are accomplished. (Nee would also add, for Him to reveal to me that I DIED and am DEAD, which I also don’t understand at this time)
Why is it that we think we must DO something?
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