Monday, August 27, 2007

continuing

Continuing as in persevering or enduring and remaining faithful as God's people in Jesus, is part and parcel of our calling. We're to remain true, through thick and thin, through bad times and good times, through everything.

Of course we're not talking about sinless perfection, as if we could all get it down perfect in the here and now. We're definitely people in process, becoming more and more like Jesus- hopefully, and working through issues that reflect that we are still indeed sinners, though also righteous in Christ.

This continuing is not going down the same old path day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Yes, in some important ways it is, as in remaining people of the word and prayer, community and mission, while we follow after faith, hope and love.

But what I refer to here is the continuing that is ever open to God's work in us through Jesus. This will take us to new places to which we may not necessarily want to go and new problems we won't want to face. Continuing in the faith as we find in the Story in Scripture carries with it a willingness to let go of the safe and predictable, as well as letting go of what makes sense to us. But holding on to God and his promises to us, as we continue on together, in Jesus in this world.

What do you see "continuing" is, in this life? How would you describe it, or what would you liken it to?

2 comments:

NaNcY said...

wanting.

wanting God.
wanting God to take me.
wanting God to take the past, the future, this moment, it is not mine.

wanting.

wanting God.
wanting God to take me.
wanting God to take me, his will be done.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy, Good sense there for continuing. It is certainly a posture and walk of that kind of faith. A commitment that way.