Posted by Jennie Joy on October 2, 2008 in Thought.
Could you please send me your e-mail address? I experienced a vision today that I would love to share with you. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks!Julie
hi Jennie, its an interesting post,maybe defining a little more specifically what “letting go” means would help. Jesus commands us to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. That strength part is something we as Charismatics tend to forget, but its there. We believe we should rely on God, pray and He always does something supernatural for us. but, i think there needs to be a balance between the natural and supernatural. The natural does not disappear. We ourselves are body (natural) and soul (supernatural/unnatural/metaphysical).yes we rely on God in everything, but when He asks us to do something, we do it with all our mind, soul, heart, and strength. We give our best to doing what He asks us to do. If He asks us to serve in a church we do our best to serve there; to take care of children, we do our best to take care of them… (this could include giving them to God’s care because we are unable to take care of them, but then why would He give them to us if He knew we would not be able to take care of them? maybe because He knew we could but we’re just not confident in ourselves? or can we brush it off as just a ‘training’ ‘testing’ for us? i think, there could be multiple answers.)so if “letting go” and “ability” are part of loving God with all our “strength” I think it is a very good post.hopefully i make sense. 😀
Hey Daniel!Thanks for the comment! I don’t think that by “letting go” Michele meant “do nothing and expect God to do it all.” Yet… in a way, I think she did. 🙂 You’ll have to wait for her to weigh in on her official position…Here is mine.At the beginning of the post, she mentioned that there is a difference between being “responsible” and being “response able”- or “able of responding.”Yes. When God gives us something (like Sudan… in Michele’s case), she must respond to God… but she mustn’t take upon herself the responsibility. Why? Well… because it’s too heavy for her. She knows that. So, she chooses to RESPOND to God- letting go of any sense that SHE can do it- or HAS TO do it- and just learns dependence on the Father… He will do it, and He will get the glory. Yes, Michele may be the vessel He uses- but she is only useful when she is utterly dependent and RESPONSE able to God’s promptings. If she just took on “responsibility”- carrying the weight on her own shoulders… it would cease to be a God thing, because she would be striving and straining and working so hard to do it on her own- even if she gave lip-service to God in the midst of it. He promised that His yoke would be easy- and His burden light. He will carry the weight. We need only respond to Him.Not that it won’t be challenging or difficult at times- but- what if the real challenge is to maintain our intimacy with our God? What if the real challenge is to maintain a living relationship with Him- not to work harder to make things happen.Maybe that is what loving God with all our strength means? Channeling all of our strength into pursuit of Jesus- building, developing, growing in that relationship that surpasses all else!!! :)What if all fruitfulness really will flow from intimacy? From abiding in Him? (John 15)Just some thoughts.
I like that!just this part: “Maybe that is what loving God with all our strength means? Channeling all of our strength into pursuit of Jesus- building, developing, growing in that relationship that surpasses all else!”i think here you’re describing loving God with “heart” instead of strength.and, what then is the parable of the ‘talents’ about? isn’t there some responsibility?ps. sorry if i turned this into some type of scripture knowledge/interpretation war, i love peace and mercy and you’re always my good sister in Christ!
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