An old saying encourages us to let go and let God. Somehow we ought to open up and allow The Almighty to take over. Passivity is positive. Really? Biblical Christianity is never passive. Biblical Christianity has always insisted upon hard work. Now don’t get me wrong. We don’t work our way to heaven. The way to heaven was purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life to purchase eternal life for His people. His death was a perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of His people. Christ’s people are all those who fully believe in and trust His perfect life and sacrifice. Real trust is not passive but active.
The Bible says to Christians, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). Christians work out all the implications of their salvation. They work hard at following the will of God. For example, we are to learn contentment. Paul says, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11&13). This is true because God is at work within. God gives us the determination to work hard at following His will. God also gives the strength or ability to follow through. Passivity is not the answer. The message of passivity contradicts the word of God. Christians will always work hard at their faith because God is at work in them.
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