I am presently reading a trilogy by Robert Farrar Capon, Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus. Suffice it to say, it is fresh and challenging. This guy blows away your biases about the parables of Jesus. We think we already know what they mean before we deeply consider them. And this is dangerous. Here’s a quote that might whet your appetite…or make you run for the hills:
“For Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable; he came simply to be the resurrection and the life of those who will take their stand on a death he can use instead of on a life he cannot.”
Can we even begin to receive the weight of this statement? A humanistic pseudo-Christianity says, “God helps those who help themselves. God is my co-pilot.” But Capon seems to be on the same wavelength as Oswald Chambers, who said that all we can offer God is real sin. That’s what we bring to the table. And God in Christ takes that sin to the Cross and then down into the grave. His resurrection is a new beginning point.
This is really an affront to our pride. God considers who and what we have to offer and relegates it to the cross. What He wants for us and of us, He Himself provides through a resurrection.
It may be an affront to our pride, but it is actually VERY liberating. For it means that whatever God requires of Me and plans for Me… He has taken full responsibility for bringing it to life and to pass! There is nothing about my natural life, either good or bad, that limits or adds even a jot or tittle to what God is planning for me.
Salvation is a God-thing. And the sooner I’m okay with that, the sooner I will begin to tap into the Living Waters!