(excerpts from “Hidden in Plain Sight”, by Mark Buchanan and Martin Luther:)
“…life itself implicates us in sin and compromise: just getting out of bed this morning was act of thrusting a fallen man into a sin-wracked world, and some no-good thing was bound to come from it. My embrace of one task requires my neglect of another…..There is no waking up without some fall out. Every good deed sets in motion a chain of reactions, some of which will, by hook or crook, make havoc.
Sin boldly, Luther said in response. Don’t let life’s inherent complexity, its pact with the devil, keep you from doing anything. If every act, for the best of ends, is sinful anyhow, then sin boldly. Don’t anguish over every last little thing. Do what needs doing, and leave the outcome to God.
Luther said: “ If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin.God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sin be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. ”
Why am I reading this? I am reading this and the Petrine epistles because I am looking for answers of how to receive – I mean fully receive and embrace grace, to appreciate it. As my homie Peter says in 1 Peter 1:8 Though you do not see Him now, you trust; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.”
That’s where I want to be – rejoicing over him with inexpressible joy. This has been very absent in me for a while. Probably for a couple of years. Why? Lots of reasons. But none of which are bigger than God’s love and his ability to overcome them. Recently I discovered the true underlying reason I was not rejoicing in Him – lack of faith. Argh! and I thought that could never be a problem. Responsibilities/ stewardships, have just been piling up in my life – one after another. I have been mad at God for putting me in between a rock and a hard place.
I’m damned if I do the stuff that needs “doing” – because it will be at the expense of spending time with someone else –
and I’m damned if I don’t – because if I neglect the stuff that needs doing’ it will negatively affect someone or something else. Does anyone know what I am talking about here?????
I’ve just been trying to bury my proverbial head in the sand and it feels like death. Feeling like my attention to one task or person causes the neglect of another task or person and just really feeling the guilt over that pile up. But as Peter points out that faith is so precious – a treasure, costly and rare, it is the conviction that the pursuit of God is the good life! So there it is. I may feel like I am drowning in this and that, but the truth is, is that faith is my anchor, the pursuit of God is my anchor, my “good life”. I must truly trust in the Lord and do the next thing and not worry about the fall out. Life calls for more faith, not more time or more skill or more resources. SIN BOLDLY – embrace grace fervently!