Going Through The Motions

Many of us go through the motions in life.  Let me explain what I mean.  We go to work/school, and then we finish all the related activities (TV, Sports, reading, Etc…), (if you are a follower of Christ) pray some, read God’s word some.  Then we just repeat.  It’s like living in a clothes washer.  You just spin round and round aimlessly waiting for the cycle to stop.

Clothes Washer

The monotony of daily life can only be satisfied by a God that is truly dangerous, yet secure, yet good.   In the classic Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the character of Aslan symbolizes God/Jesus.  One of the characters of the book Lucy asks a Beaver, (Don’t ask) “is Aslan safe?”  He responds with,”‘Safe?’  ‘Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.'”[1] God is not safe, he is secure as the foundational ground[2] of all that this universe is, the creator God.

2nd Corinthians 13:4-8

4For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.  For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God. 5Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.”

Testing and trials are the result of pursuing God.[3] Following Christ is neither safe nor easy.  When we are tested and found faithful we have something worth more than anything else in this world.  Faithfulness as the result, gives us more than we could ever ask for; eternal life with the one and only creator of the universe.  When you wander and think that God does not test us in love ponder what A.W. Tozer says about the attributes of God, “All of God does all that God does; He does not divide Himself to perform a work, but works in the total unity of His being.”[4] God works with all that he is to love us, care for us, to see us become what we were always intended to be – Faithful servants of the creator God.  Obedience is the new rebellion!

When God puts trials and tests of faith in our path what is our response?  Are we exalting His supremacy over creation and our lives?  Or casting off our true calling finding hope in false idols?  Will you stand the test of faith that God has prepared for you?  What tests of faith are you in right now?

In Christ Alone, John


[1] God called many men to be martyrs for the Gospel. He truly is dangerous (as defined by this world) as seen in the narratives of the Old and New Testaments.  Servants of God, met their death, as we all do, due to their obedient service.  Many times they were killed because of serving God, above all men.

[2] Christ is the cornerstone, the foundation of the church.

[3] See James 1:2-4 for encouragement in midst of testing.

[4] Tozer, Aiden W. The Knowledge of the Holy. (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1961) 15.

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