Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Change of Wills

I again felt it necessary to change the look of my blog. I oft get bored of the templates offered on blogger.

Nothing much to report: I've been watching BBC heavily the past week or so, drinking substantial amounts of coffee. Mom made homemade whip cream to go on the coffee which tasted so good it must have been...unprofitable.

I am still looking for a job. I thought I had found one at a Food Lion (supermarket) but the lady who interviewed me said she was full of cashiers and needed a bagger/cart runner. I didn't want to risk taking the job and end up quitting because of excessive walking. I told her I wanted to be sure I could do the job before I took it. I don't like starting something and not being able to finish. It makes me feel lazy, inadequate and unreliable. I'd rather not feel like that.

But there is something that I've been weighing on my mind lately about this grace stuff. I know its true, but there are some things I want to find out for myself and work out for myself. I want to get it from my head to my heart.

Some things I've heard taught from grace people doesn't sit right with me. It could be that I misunderstood them, but whether it was I or they, I have come to a different conclusion than before. I'm not looking to debate, but if you so desire, you may comment and express your opinion on the matter.

I think it is easy to wrongly think that living in the grace of God will take away our temptations and sinful desires. It doesn't. I don't think it is 'let go and let God', but I think we exercise our wills as well. I don't think anyone reading this (whom I know) will disagree with this. But I was under the impression that some mentalities I had as a legalist were wrong when they were actually right. Its the motivation that was wrong.

As far as my understanding goes now, I think the Gospel and God's grace is primarily a change of motivation. Under law, I resist and flee from temptation because of my fear; under grace I resist sin and flee from temptation because of my love.

My will is still very much involved, but my motivation has totally changed. I'm not passive towards temptation, believing God will overcome it while I rest. No! I run from temptation and I put away anger. I do rest, but my rest is in the sense that I have stopped trying to justify myself before God by my adherence to the law. But that does not at all mean that I literally rest during temptation, expecting God to somehow take over my will.

Grace doesn't make decisions for you. It enables you to make a decision.

Paul said he struggled. He said he disciplined his body and brought it under control. BUT, it was on a foundation of grace and not fear.

Jesus will not override your will. He enables you to use your will for the will of God.

7 comments:

Leonard said...

Good stuff fellow buffalo and that's no bull.

ps. just missed your call will try you back in a few moments.

Matthew Campbell said...

lol thanks Leonard. I'm glad you liked this.

I would like to touch base again soon. I don't wanna call too much because I never know how many minuites you've got on your phone. Its refreshing to talk to you.

bino said...

Matthew - I think you are absolutely right.

Under law, I resist and flee from temptation because of my fear; under grace I resist sin and flee from temptation because of my love.

Very true!

centralityofthegospel said...

"Paul said he struggled. He said he disciplined his body and brought it under control. BUT, it was on a foundation of grace and not fear."

Absolutely great quote.

Matthew Campbell said...

Thanks :)

I believe it to be extremely important for grace to continually be emphasized or we'll drift away from grace and revert back to trying to be worthy or righteous ourselves.

It frustrates me so bad when I think about how people view grace as "one aspect" of our lives as Christians. What an absolutely dumb thing to believe! What is the other aspect? Works? How absolutely double minded.

Paul Anderson-Walsh spoke truth in one of his recent talks on wineskins: People are trying to be saved FROM grace rather than being saved BY grace.

Joel B. said...

I know its true, but there are some things I want to find out for myself and work out for myself.

That's what I like about you, Matthew.

(Well, one thing of many). :)

Matthew Campbell said...

I like you, Joel, because you share your coffee. :) LOL

Thank you, Joel. That encouraged me when I read that.