No generalized movement

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. (Benjamin Jowett)

What "action" is God asking you to take right now? Chances are you could be struggling a bit with something God is asking, not really wanting to go the direction he has revealed, or just wanting a little more time before you do as he asks. It is not uncommon to have this reaction to God's request when that request seems harder than we imagined, but it doesn't make the request any less important for us to act upon. 

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? ... faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” (James 2:14, 17-18)

God's actions are always specific. He might ask for one action from you and another from me, but the end result is just about the same. How can that be? God knows the uniqueness of our personalities and he knows which 'form' of action will best suit each of them. Acting upon what God asks is really faith put into action. As scripture reminds us, faith without action is useless. God asks, we step out, he asks again, we take the next step. This is his plan - forward progress, unwavering obedience, and no stagnancy in our lives.

Specific actions - not generalized movement. I know I can be guilty of generalized movement from time to time - attempting to show God I am 'being obedient', but all the while really struggling with whatever it is he is asking me to do. Concrete actions are kind of 'detail-oriented' actions. In other words, you take each step one by one, each building upon the other, until you see the finished product. These steps are 'accurate' - to the point, no matter how difficult they may be to 'follow' in order.

God isn't going to ask more of us than we are capable of handling, but he may ask more of us than we are desirous of giving right at that moment. If he never challenged us with what seemed difficult, we'd always be infants in Christ. Just sayin!


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