God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Fruit?Met with a few single women last night from the area.
The mix? All Christians, one German national, one American returning to Germany as a Christian after living here 8 years in her BC stage of life -fluent in German, one American that majored in German in university, albeit some time ago - never lived here, and me.
The conversation was wonderful. A little German, a little English, and from me: a little Germish.
I must share a fun language blunder:
The word for fruit in German is obst or Fruechte (that is with an umlauted U for anyone interested).
When discussing the need for patience in this ministry, one of the women made a reference to the 'Gemuse' of the spirit.
We all stopped for a second, including the woman that had made the statement, and broke into riotous laughter.
Gemuse? = vegetables
In regards to my previous blog - the core of the thought was when I wrote this paragraph:
"Granted, facts are important. We don’t place our faith on some shady wobbly wall. But facts are not the only information that needs to be shared with the non-believer. Without a step of faith, people/humanity/man is still in darkness and is drawn to the darkness and the LIGHT cannot come in."
I was fishing around this through the entire monologue. Faith is an active step. It is an action. But anyone that has taken a step of Faith into becoming a Christ follower cannot tell me that it is based on facts alone - because we step out onto something that we really cannot see - i.e. GOD.
The mystery is that once we HAVE taken that step of Faith EVERYTHING becomes more clear. We have entered into the Light that allows us to see the darkness. While we are in the darkness we are drawn to the darkness - we need the facts, we need the witnesses, but this fact remains as well: we must take that step all by ourselves, in our own hearts, and no one can do it for us.
No amount of facts produces salvation. It is truly a choice, an action, a step into the unknown. Otherwise it would not be called Faith. A non-believer must be told that without that step of faith - no matter how many times they read the Bible or go to a Bible study they are academically engaged but not heart engaged. And our Lord is the LORD of our hearts not only our brains.
The difference lay in the FRUIT!
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Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Saturday, August 05, 2006
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