Sunday, November 18, 2007

Spontaneity, Not Striving

If grace could be looked upon being synonymous with 'rest', then in light of the following scriptures lets delve into potentially an increased clarity.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Spontaneity, Not Striving

When and as the love of the Father becomes experiential, the ability to relinquish and let the Father continue to lead us into a love relationship with Him, we open ourselves up to spontaneous living.

Children do not work at being related to their parents. Children are related to their parents by birth. Striving has no part or place in the natural, healthy relationships between family members.
Striving is a sign of ill health in a relationship. When we are trying to make something happen in our dealings with another person, we strive. We should note here that there is a huge difference between striving and effort.
We will always need to put an effort into the things God calls us to do. Family life, either with our natural (biological) family or with our spiritual family, requires the expenditure of effort. The difference between striving and effort has to do with motivation. The motivation of striving is to make something happen and to bring under our control. Effort is simply the expenditure of energy (dynamos~power~grace) to be instrumental in producing an effect.

We can look to the fruit of our efforts to see if we are striving or merely working. The fruit of striving is burnout while the product of effort is effect.

The power of the father's love freed us from our unrighteousness, now that same grace~power~love of the father is working mightily in us freeing us at a much deeper level of our self-righteousness, bringing forth in us the righteous One, aka, Christ in us AS us.

Apart from the activity of the life of the Word doing the following.."For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." it will be the natural man trying to live for the Lord, resorting to human effort to please him, by striving.
I see it being the inner working of the Word, in and through His love, that we are being defined by that which we were created for, to be loved unconditionally, as well as being released to Be the will of God on earth as it is in heaven.


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