Is God your crutch or your enabler? That is a sobering question. There is a false narrative embedded in Christianity. This false narrative carries the spirit of passivity. It implies we are to wait for God to act. “Oh, He won’t let us down. He is going to provide, and do everything for us! God will help us.” This is an insidious mindset because it separates God from the revelation of Christ in us.
We are to bring forth living works. Living works are created through the living Christ within us. Dead works are produced through this false narrative of “trusting God” without our active participation. Of course, we are to trust Him. And yes, He will help us, but not in the way implied by this passive, religious spirit. Certain segments of Christianity are rife with the teachings of doing the greater works. It is preached constantly in the apostle/prophet realm of certain movements. But where are the “greater works?” What is seen outwardly in Christianity is nothing more than charlatans bamboozling gullible Christians. But living works, i.e. “greater works,” are coming forth. They begin by an inner work in the spirit of the believer.
God has given His sons a great deal of initiative. This initiative springs from the Lord Jesus Christ being formed in us in a practical way. The work of the cross has a way of crucifying the religious mindsets within us, and thrusting us into a faith appropriation of God’s energizings (1st. Cor. 12:6). The Greek word in this verse is energema, and from it we get our English word “energy.” Paul gives us an excellent example of God’s energies working through us.
1st Cor. 15
9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
Paul was enabled by the grace of God. He did not sit passively and wait for God to minister through him. If we are waiting for God to do something in our lives, we most likely will be waiting until they are pitching dirt on our graves. This is the empty hook in false Christianity. Religion will not let go of its false narrative. Satan desires nothing more than to separate us from the reality of God working in us, then through us. Waiting for a God in heaven to fulfill His word is a sucker’s bet. Yet, how often we fall prey to it. Too many Christians wait and wait, and when they question, are told they are “unbelieving.” They are told it’s their fault God didn’t show up. The Lord wants to teach us a better way. He wants to teach us HIS ways.
Paul says he labored more abundantly than all the other apostles. But he goes on to say, “Not I, but the grace of God with me.” Grace is a divine enabler! God’s grace is designed to enable us to move past the limitations of Adam. Yes, it’s tricky. It is God at work in us, Paul says. Yet, in the same breath he states, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12-13). We are to be participators with God in all His works. I will give a very down to earth example. Suppose someone wants to lose weight and get themselves in shape. They pray, asking God for guidance and help to see the program through. There will never be a time when God falls on that individual and “enables” them. It’s only when the individual gets up and applies the steps of the program that changes come. Now, maybe that individual doesn’t have the fortitude to go all the way. But faith in God’s relationship to them will draw the necessary enablement to see the program through. This small example applies to every facet of our lives, including the ministry of Christ through us. Paul said in Phil. 4, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Paul labored hard through the Christ within Him. We have a graphic picture of Paul’s labors in 2nd Cor. 11.
You can’t steer a parked car. We are to learn how to move by the Spirit of God within us. He not only leads us, but becomes the tool in our hands to accomplish His works. Does this sound blasphemous? What is blasphemous is the implication that God will work apart from us. He has committed Himself to us unconditionally. We are to “use God” to accomplish HIS works. The revelation of Christ in us works both ways. He enables us, and moves through us simultaneously. Paul said in Col.1:
28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Read verse 29 again carefully. See the paradox. Paul labors, yet striving ACCORDING to God’s power working within him. It’s Paul, yet, it’s God. How can we make this message practical? We throw off the religious mindset of “a great and powerful God sitting on the throne,” and see Jesus within us, washing our feet and enabling us. It’s ironic that false Christianity makes a bigger production of “how great and wonderful God is” than the actual sons He is bringing forth. The line between “us” doing it, and God doing it will always be blurred. God allows this so that He might have sons fully participating in Christ’s provision in us. We labor beyond our capacity, and in our failures, He is manifested. This is the way of true growth in the kingdom of God. We could ask, “But if we are going to fail, why bother? Just let God do it.” No, it’s our labor that ignites the grace of God in us to bring forth living works. How deeply the satanic deception goes in Christianity. God’s entire plan and purpose is to inhabit us and create through us. This is God’s mystery, Christ in you, the hope of glory. But it will never have the pseudo-spiritual connotations that religion has led us to believe. Look for Christ in you amid the storms and trials, not the mountain tops. He will be found enabling us as we are able to receive it. The “glorious Christ” of religion gives way to the practical Christ in our mortal flesh.
2nd Cor. 4
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
8 ¶ we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
This message is not meant to put anyone down. It came with a deep awareness of the love of God for each of us. God does not want to be relegated to a throne off in the heavens somewhere, but to inhabit us in every way. Paul said, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ . . .” Amen, let a true revelation of Jesus Christ fill our hearts.