What Am I Supposed to Do?

By: Jane

Aug 19 2011

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Category: God

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I see a change in my thinking about God’s work among us. I used to think that it was my responsibility to stand up against this, that and the other thing – politically, with my votes, economically in who I will or will not buy from, based on their moral philosophy, and in my own interactions with other people.

Jesus did do that from time to time. He was never afraid to clearly state His Father’s standards of right and wrong. But on the whole, what He really did was enter into this world, and become one of us, as we are. Instead of expecting us to live as people who understood and accepted the will of God, He denied Himself completely, becoming a human instead of the God He really was. This was the first example that He set for us. He came among us in love; not to topple the military/political regime in power at the time – even though He disappointed a good many people when He cast his priorities elsewhere.

I have come to think that kings and kingdoms, presidents, congresses, nations, corporations and financial institutions are tools of His – and that’s all they are – to move history in the direction that He has planned for it to move. His real priority is individual people. He has said, “NOT by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.” Zechariah 4:6

History is His problem. We are not called to change the political landscape nor beat our culture into submission. If we think that we are, we may be falling into the same error as those who were disappointed that He didn’t make Himself King 2000 years ago. They misunderstood His reason for being here at that time. We are called to do what He did – draw others to the Father through the power of love and the Holy Spirit. He will do the rest.

“The path of discipleship is narrow, and it is fatally easy to miss one’s way and stray from the path, even after years of discipleship. On either side of the narrow path deep chasms yawn. To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, His enemies and ours, to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that His followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it…But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before, step by step, we shall not go astray. But if we worry about the dangers that beset us, if we gaze at the road instead of at Him Who goes before, we are already straying from the path. For He Himself is the way, the narrow way and the strait gate. He, and He alone is our journey’s end.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Cost of Discipleship.

Jane Rivera, August 19, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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One comment on “What Am I Supposed to Do?”

  1. I really like this post. You’re right. God is in control. We just need to let Him worry about it.


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