In Part One of this series, I began a review of [amazon_link id=”B006G3NFR0″ target=”_blank” ]The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You[/amazon_link] by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John S. Lynch. We followed the pilgrim down the road of “pleasing God to the Room of Good Intentions“.
Finding both frustration and failure in this room, the traveler returns to the fork in the road; this time journeying down the path marked “Trusting God.”
As the wanderer approaches the building this path leads to, he sees the banner across the doorway proclaiming, “Living Out of Who God Says I Am.” He comes upon the door of “Humility” and collapses in exhaustion, exclaiming:
“I’m so tired, I can’t do it. Help me…I’ve fought so hard to impress You, and none of it did. Now I’m weary, empty and alone. I’m tired of performing. I’m tired of pretending I can please You by any amount of effort. Help me God!”
Finally, the pilgrim composes himself and enters. He finds himself in “the Room of Grace.” His first inclination is to tell everyone who greets him he is fine. But, that is the standard, untrue answer. In this room, one can be honest and open with the struggles they are facing. This room brings acceptance in spite of weakness.
We explored the motivation of pleasing God yesterday. While this is good, the authors compare it to trusting God. They share, “Pleasing God is a good desire. It just can’t be our primary motivation, or it will imprison our hearts.”
When our primary motivation becomes trusting God, we suddenly discover there is nothing in the world that pleases Him more!…Pleasing God is not a means to our godliness. It is the fruit of our godliness, for it’s the fruit of trust”
“They’re trusting who God says they are, instead of adding up their behaviors to prove their godliness.”
As we have compared pleasing God with trusting Him, how many of us feel this tension in our lives?
How often in the course of a day, week, or month to we run back and forth between the “Room of Grace” and the “Room of Good Intentions?”
Do we find ourselves trying harder to grow or resting in what has already been accomplished?
These are big questions. What do you think? Weigh in on the two paths in Day 3 of our series. Which one are you on?
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This is Part 2 of a 3 part review of The Cure. Read Part 3 Here.
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