|“God rewards on the basis of faithfulness to opportunity; labor, not results.” Walt Heinrich
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29
A lawyer asked Jesus this question, prompting Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan. As powerful as the point was that Jesus made, you still have a difficult time deciding “who is my neighbor?” For example, what obligation do you have regarding hurting people half way around the world? Where does your responsibility begin and end?
People tend to be product oriented; God is process oriented. We like to look at what we have done; God looks at what we are becoming. God is not as interested in how holy you are as in the degree to which you are engaged in the process of application. If you are new in Christ with a great deal of the carnal self still present in your life, but you eagerly seek to do His will, you are pleasing to God. If you have known Christ for years, but have ceased seeking to grow in Christ through the process of application, you are not pleasing God.
Your challenge in maturing in Christ will be tested by your application of the ill¬ defined or positive commandments. For example, Jesus said the Law is summarized by, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”303 What does this look like as you go to work each day? How do you demonstrate a love for God and others in the heat of a contract negotiation in which you perceive the other party to be unreasonable? The Bible gives you no clear-cut answer. God designed the ambiguity in which you are forced to live in order to keep you trusting in Him. To the degree that you know what God’s expectations of you looks like, you do not need Him. Seeking to apply positive commandments forces you into a posture of dependence upon God, which is right where He wants you.
303 Luke 10:27
Psalm 97-99 Romans 16 (New King James Version)
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