Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God. (Galatians 3:5-6 The Message)
Kind of makes you laugh out loud, right? I know I did…. Does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving? I hope not. Because when my striving ceases, so then would his out pouring!
But here is what caught my heart this morning – it was that next phrase: or (does he doe these things) because you trust him to do them in you? Did you realize that we have a responsibility to trust God to work in us? There are some Christian leaders out there that would have you believe that you don’t have to do anything to have God pour out his Holy Spirit on you… But trust is not a state of mind, it is an action verb. When we trust someone we engage a mindset and behavior patterns that revolve around that trust – otherwise it wouldn’t be trust…
Let me illustrate: If my wife says, “From now on I am going to trust you to take out the garbage without being told.” (A risky proposition if you ask me, but hey, its just an illustration…) If she says that then her behavior must alter to allow that trust to bloom. First of all she would have to stop taking it out herself, second she would have to give me room to do it my way, lastly she would have to stop reminding me… Hmm this trust thing can be scary! Anyway, you get the point.
Let’s set aside trying to complete a work that we didn’t begin and start actively engaging trust in our relationship with the Lord…