All of the following content was not from my brain. I’m sure there are plenty of brain’s behind said content, but the one’s I have ‘stolen’ from directly are from class yesterday (Tim…won’t give his last name in case he’s uncomfortable w/that sort of thing & Dr. Childers who does not have the luxury of being obscure on the internet). I will however submit that I could have heard wrong & misinterpreted, so anything good you read, attribute to them, anything wacko attribute to me (is that allowed?):
Dr. Childers was giving us 4 possible views on answering the question we all struggle with (Jenn’s paraphrase): What is MY part in sanctification/personal holiness & what is God’s part?”
1) Legalist/moralist: I do the work for God
2) Passivist: God does the work for me, “Let go & Let God”
3) Co-operationist: God does his part & I do mine (this i assume is where those irritating, “God is my co-pilot” bumper stickers come from)
4) The ‘correct’ view (I made up that category title): From Phil 2:12 & 13 “God NORMALLY works AS I work” I’m doing “X” & as I’m doing this, God is at work (that was attributed to someone but I didn’t catch it in my notes..”John” is all I got). Gospel discipline says, “God loves me & I love him, thus I want to engage”
What Tim had to add was a ‘catchphrase’ which I found to be an amazing illustration (I need mental pictures for this kind of stuff): “Hang on & let God”. He explained using an analogy of someone riding a horse that is not under the control of the rider & has taken off running. The person on the horse doesn’t have control over where they’re going, yet s/he is not passively resting upon the horse. No, s/he is active, holding on with every fiber of their being so as to continue on to wherever that horse is leading. Not sure if i gave the explanation justice. He did say he was thinking of the horse & rider (Shasta) from A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, if that helps those of you who have read the book. i have not…but now will.