Parallel Streams

Author: Keisha Colson

Floating on a raft on a peaceful lake. Sounds idyllic! Compare that with swimming against a swift current. Sounds...difficult! (and rather like the choices we often face.)

Taking the comfortable route seems natural. Is natural so bad? It often seems like “natural” is touted as the preferred choice (natural foods and fabrics, for example). But what about those things that come naturally to us… like having our own way? Do we fight against tendencies such as coveting, or do we just “go with it”?

It is extremely sad that slavery was so entrenched in this country; people allowed themselves to believe they had a “right” to hold other people as their property. Even 100 years later, it was and is still necessary to fight for civil rights. We wonder why people allowed themselves to continue with their prejudiced attitudes. And we also wonder how some individuals can possibly think it’s okay to go on a mass-killing spree.

The question is, however, whether we fight against our own “natural” tendencies. It is very natural to want more sleep, for example. It may seem like we are drifting downstream in areas like this, while other people seem to be more disciplined. Is “powering our way through the day” the solution? Can we swim upstream in our own strength?

There seems to be a problem with “natural.” Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him….” He also said, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:12). Obviously, knowing what we should do is not the same as actually doing it!

Our first step is to place our trust in Christ. And by mining God’s Word, we can learn to follow His ways, rather than our own. If we continue to the end of 2 Corinthians, chapter 2… we see the mysterious and wonderful verse, “But we have the mind of Christ.”

Some of us can’t even conjure up an “illusion” of power! But thankfully, God wants to work through our weakness. ( 2 Corinthians 2:9 ) May we let Him !


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