Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Faith Is a Journey - Not a Guilt Trip
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12.2
The quote “Faith Is a Journey…”can be found in a lot of places and churches, and it’s a quote I like. It takes the emphasis off of fear of God and places it in the context of God’s will.
Before you say, “that’s too easy,” be sure that knowing and conforming ourselves to God’s will isn’t easy. It means not being in charge. It means letting go and letting God. If you’re task-oriented and have a Type A personality like myself, it means letting go of a lot: control, fear, and guilt.
While I’m not putting a stamp of approval on an anything-goes mentality, I think guilt often paralyzes us into a state of fear that makes us scared to do anything good or bad for the Gospel. The “God is going to get me for that” attitude often works against boldness in the name of Jesus. Playing it safe may be a good business or financial practice, but it is the death knell of Christianity.
Will we stumble in our journey of faith? Most assuredly. But if we allow fear of failure and unworthiness to stand in the way of taking up our cross and following Christ, we won’t take the cross far nor will we be able to follow Christ for long. The grace of God picks us up and triumphs over the guilt that Evil would put in our way to stifle the Spirit.
That journey is faith, and it’s a good journey – and good news. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.