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Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)
TITLE: A Little Less Talk...
By Ruth Thoutenhoofd
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I am also certain that he is good. And loving. And just. And many other things that prove he can be trusted to do what is best, not just for me but for everyone who has ever been or will ever be born. This is my theology.
So, if I believe this and am in agreement with everything the Bible says, why don’t my words and actions show this? Why does my life so often prove that I don’t in fact agree with my own theology? I’m fairly certain that this is true of the vast majority of those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ.
We disagree with our own theology when we worry about the future. We disagree when we make decisions based on finances rather than what is God’s plan for us. We disagree when we try to talk our kids out of going overseas to follow God’s plan for them, or encourage them to pursue the job that will give them the most financial security, just because it seems the most prudent. We disagree when we overlook scriptures that tell us to lay up treasures in heaven rather than on earth.
We disagree when we allow ourselves to become lukewarm in our love for God and seek our own kingdom - our success, our comfort, our reputation in the church and community - before his.
We disagree when we take offence and refuse to let go of it when someone wrongs us; when we do everything in our power - even go to court - rather than let anyone make us look like a fool or take advantage of us, even though we know the scripture, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” 1 Cor. 6:7
And on and on and on.
Our actions often disagree with what we say we believe. At least mine do. Why?
Because, even though I know what the Bible says and theoretically endorse it, I am not always directed by the Holy Spirit. I have not always made it my practise to ask God to fill me with his Spirit before I start my day. I wander off into thinking like one who doesn’t know God, who isn’t rooted in the gospel. I have discovered that the gospel is intended to do far more than save me from hell; it is intended to save me now - change my mind, my heart, and more importantly, my actions. What joy there is when what I say I believe agrees with what I do! What peace; what contentment!
“So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all – it is dead and useless. Now some may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’ I say, ‘I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.’” James 2:17, 18 NL
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