“My Part vs. God’s Part”

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.

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  1. A friend emailed me today asking what the difference actually is between #3 & #4 so I’ve been pondering throughout the day…figured ya’ll might be curious on this as well. Feel free to “share” your opinion/knowledge. This is a new concept for me (i was just excited so wanted to tell y’all), so I don’t claim to know it really:

    the difference is subtle, but w/the whole “rocket off course by a 10th degree” analogy…important. w/the ‘i do my part’ option it looks from a more works mentality. In order for spiritual renewal to come, I HAVE to have quiet time every (or most) morning(s). I have to be moral…I have to DO. I “DO” my part…..THEN God can come & bless what i have done, or bless me or whatever. Or In order to get freedom from sin patterns, I need to take these steps (counseling for example), THEN God will deliver me, or worse, ‘oh, look how I got freedom from this (sans God)!”.

    the last category (which he did not name..i was being facetious), acknowledges that if not for God’s enabling grace I would not have the capability to DO. Not only that, but AS i’m ‘doing’ (what God is enabling me to do), God is working. He’s working through that medium…he’s not waiting till I get my act together & prove myself worthy & is only then capable or desirous of ‘stepping in’ to do ‘his part’. He’s doing “his part” all along. I guess from there you have to pull in the ‘biblical freewill’ concept, in that, yes, I am DOING. However, I CAN’T do unless God put that desire & ability in me. I suppose it’s really just another instance we get to be offended & say, “oh…so…i really don’t have a say?”. I guess…..? clearly i’m still working through this.