Sunday Collectives 9/5/16 – 9/11/16
Something bad is happening or has happened in my life. Is God punishing me? One thing we can absolutely assure you: God is not punishing you or rewarding you for anything you may or may not do. Now, whether you bear some guilt for something you did — that is another question. Often we do many stupid things which bring harm, discomfort or displeasure to ourselves and others. Even when we know that what is happening in our lives is a result of something we have done, we often express anger towards God because He did not save us from ourselves…
I had been a bear for weeks. Distance seemed to separate me from God as I worried and fretted. My husband’s layoff was coming, my health again seemed fragile, and I wondered what would happen in the future. Would we move once again? Would the stress of job, school, and health continue?
I had quite the pity party, snapping at my family, sitting in my office chair, and feeling quite the martyr. Whimper, whine, and moan, please stop the world, I want to get off.
I used to think the way to get right with God was to do like I saw those in the church do. By that I mean knowing the books of the Bible, where to turn in the Bible, which Bible verse to spit out at the right time, going to church every day being in church ALL day; it was almost like it was never ending! I also thought thought that God would hate me if I thought about divorce or didn’t do right by my kids if I didn’t do all this certain things that the Bible stated. I mean where was I going to win right?
Even those whose walk is steady, whose gait is quickened and whose life reflects that they are honoring their calling, that they are living as God’s excellent ones can be brought to their knees and find themselves crying out under the weight of being dealt a knockout, crushing blow by life. Which ultimately has been brought to them, designed by, and planned by God, the loving Father.
By Sarah Taras
It’s high time that we stop trying to sell Christianity to the general public as a life dedicated to moral codes. If I am being honest, morals, left in my own hands, tend to be rather fluid and I will easily dismiss one moralistic idea if I find that by doing so, I can keep a handle on this other, grandeur moral for what I consider to be my greater good. Evangelicals are notorious for doing this. We take the Law given by God and craft it into something else entirely which leads us to believe: “I can withhold love from other human beings because of my stance against _______.”
This is part three as we take a look at what the words law and gospel mean. It is our prayer that through these posts you will gain a deeper understanding of what it is to “Walk In Grace” and to live a life motivated by the gospel, rather than one focused on one’s own individual performance or improving one’s morality. The first post dealt with God’s law and the second post took a look at how God expresses His love towards us.