“I have a question for you, Stan,” I said one morning.
“What’s up?” He responded.
“Some people in the church seem to move along quickly in a growing relationship with God, but there are others who seem to never make any progress in that direction. Do you have any idea about why that would be?”
“I not only have an idea about that,” Stan said, “I can pretty much guarantee that I know at least one answer because I am a prime example of one who was real slow in wanting to develop a relationship with God.”
“For me,” Stan continued, “once I had accepted God’s free gift of salvation through the finished work of Christ on the cross, I just kind of sat there. I wasn’t going backwards, but I sure wasn’t going forward either.”
“So,” I replied, “you think the problem is in the failure to overcome inertia, such as that a stationary object will not move without effort.”
“Exactly,” Stan responded. “I didn’t move off of where I was because I couldn’t see any reason for doing so; and I did not exert any effort.”
“But you eventually found a reason,” I said more as a statement than a question.
“That’s right. Once I began to have an idea about what was expected of me in response to what God had done for me, I began to overcome the inertia. But it was a slow process that, I think in retrospect, was a little irritating to God.”
“Then one day,” Stan said excitedly, “it was like a brilliant flash that showed me that God was waiting with more than I could even imagine. He was waiting for me to give Him all of me in exchange for all of Him.”
Continuing, he then said, “Not only did that appear to me to be an amazing exchange of me for Him, it really struck me that I was getting the best of the bargain. But God didn’t complain; He was delighted to have me to call His own.”
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want all of me to be yours. In exchange for my giving you all of me, you give me all of you. All of you is so much better than all of me, but you seem satisfied with the exchange, and I thank you for that. I ask you to open me to want to give you all of me all of the time. And I ask that you open me to see, receive, claim, and embrace all you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.