Have always heard this saying, “Let go and let God,” this is a statement that I have used often in my sermons like it is the gospel itself. Reading through a book a friend put in my hand a few days ago, I have come to see the limitation of the statement. As much as the statement has basic foundational truths, it also opens a door to responsibility-less Christianity. It makes you embark on this journey where you take a ride with Christ and masks the struggles that a believer must contend with all the days of their Christian lives. Christianity is a life of obedience. Obedience is act of the self-will. To bring this self-will into submission to the will of Christ is a daily struggle greatly dependent on the Holy Spirit who became your guide at your new birth. However spiritual you think you are, you will never overgrow the tension between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit, the more spiritual you become the more sin you see in your life and the more dependent you become to the Spirit. You realize that the Bible is not just a book to be believed but a guide to our life to make us like Christ and a guide is only good when his instructions are obeyed.
Gal. 5:17, For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. Once you become a believer you realize you have not arrived but started the journey of becoming like Christ, it is not a performance scorecard, but a dependence on the mercies on God manual, that if it must get us to the image it points us to. It must be obeyed to the later; it must be followed in its entirety. That is the only time His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Every Christian believer must see their own need to grow for them to seek the ingredients that make that growth possible and this need is the daily hunger that requires daily manna from God. You realize that without Christ, the living bread of life (John 6:35, 48). The point therefore is that our relationship is not based on how good or bad we think we are but on the perfect goodness and sacrifice of Christ so that we might have life.
The apostle Paul postulates a number of prepositions in the book of Romans that demand another look for all who call themselves children of God. First let me start by stating that Salvation is by Grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9), staying in salvation though is a two way street where the will of God is fused into the will of the believer; the believer’s will must conform to that of God so that the believer delights in obedience to the will of his maker.
Let me begin with the statement of Paul in Rom. 3:9-12; What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Paul here is writing to those who believe in Rome and among those who are under the condemnation of sin, he includes himself when he asks, “Are we any better? In our humanity, we have all turned away and together become worthless; our own, none of us ever does any good; and if we inadvertently manage to do good outside Christ. Isaiah confirms this in Isa 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Outside of Christ therefore, what we do is tainted with who we are. He notes that outside of Christ we are like open graves; exposing the rot within us, we practice deceit, we are full of cursing and bitterness, we are quick to shed blood, misery marks the places we have been; we leave many hurting wherever we go.
Argument is always stirred whenever you mention the Law and today you will be quickly reminded that we are not under the Law, I think this is a wrong application of Romans doctrine as Paul taught it. In Ro 3:19-20; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. The Law is an integral part of the Christian life, God never intended that the Law should bring people life; the Law has no life. in God’s system of things he gave the Law to silence the whole world and hold it accountable to Himself, that through the Law we become conscious of sin, a very important step in Christian living.