Selling God’s grace at a deep discount.
That’s how it goes. We all were coming down with something. Pastor Greg said he was getting over a cold. Pastor Gary had one already. I was coming down with one. But wait just a second. This isn’t supposed to happen to a Christian, is it?
Well, in this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we had no choice but to talk about finding God’s will for your life, since literally billions of dollars have been spent on self helps books and seminars, prayer beads and trips to faraway places. It seems like people everywhere are seeking God’s will for their lives.
Well, there’s a couple of things that come to mind here. One, is this: If you’re a believer in Christ, and you’re in him, how much in God’s will can you be? Think about this. Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now had sold over 2.5 million copies as of May 23rd, 2005. It’s 2010 now, and he’s written another book, Become a Better You, which sold out it’s first printing of 4 million copies in 2007… That’s a lot of money spent on self help, just on these two books alone.
I know how Christians are thinking. They worry, day by day, that they are NOT making the cut. It’s no wonder, since the world trains us to think this way. You have to work, and you have to do well at what your vocation is if you want to keep working. That’s how the world works, and that’s how we’re trained to think. So of course we think this way with regards to God and all He does.
But Here I’m not going to take the usual take on this *. I’m going to, instead, suggest that what’s going on here is unbelief. See, for the average believer (like all of us), we look around and it’s very hard to see what God is doing in our everyday lives. With eyes of faith we believe that God is doing things in our lives, but it’s very difficult to stay in that sort of mindset. So, we either make the move to help God along by learning to be more cooperative with Him, or we secretly harbor the notion that God isn’t as interested in what’s going on in our lives as we’d like.
Take Abraham, for instance. He had the sure promise that he was going to have a son as his heir. God said it would happen, but Abraham (then Abram) eventually agreed to sleep with his maidservant, Hagar. Now, I’m not suggesting that Abraham became an unbeliever, because St. Paul tells us that Abraham didn’t waver in his belief in the Promise… Yet, he did still sleep with Hagar, didn’t he?
I think this shows just how desperate we fallen sinners really are. Even when we can remain in faith, we have a severe problem with remaining faithful. Paul tells us that Abraham didn’t waver in his faith, yet he did fail to remain faithful.
Just goes to show you. We’re such smart alecks, and so smug. But what do we do, nearly every day? We sell God’s grace at a deep discount. We have to learn to unlearn this way of thinking quickly. God is always involved in our lives.
“I am with you always even till the end of the age”.