Thinking further about whether we see ourselves as ‘just sinners saved saved by grace or saints,’ I’ve been thinking that another part of our problem is speed. Today there seems to be pressure to produce disciples overnight – as if knowledge and maturity is something that can just be taught in just a few lessons; but life is not like that.
In the natural realm growth takes time, and part of that growth is the knowledge of who we are. A child may well be born into a family with a given identity, but they don’t immediately realise who they are. It is only as time goes by that that begins to sink in as they grow up into it.
Then again when people are born again/become Christians, we tend to want to get them involved in doing something, but there is a very real danger in doing before being. It buys into the world’s way of thinking that our identity is found in our doing rather than our being.
The fact is we need to slow down… . . . . . . . . . speed kills – it kills the spiritual life.
The Bible talks about “waiting on the Lord” (some Psalms and Isaiah comes to mind), but it’s interesting and concerning that some modern versions are now translating this as “trust in the Lord” – now that is a part of it, but waiting on God is more than that.
Too many of us are spiritual Martha’s – we are too busy, we don’t know how to stop, we don’t know how to wait, and so we don’t know who we really are because all that we are is wrapped in in what we are doing. Take that away, and we are lost.
Waiting on God involves stopping and spending time with Father, listening to him and learning about his love and care for us as his children – as it says, “Beloved, we are now the children of God…” – Mary had it right, she knew when to stop and how to stop.
Is your Christian life just too busy? Is it more about doing than delighting? More about rules than relationship? Getting things done than grace?
Then stop, get into the Father’s presence, go to the scriptures, search them, listen to the Father’s voice, you’ll be the better for it.