A couple more excerpts from “MARY: Lessons in Discipleship from Jesus’ Earthly Family.” [I’m really digging this book!!]
That’s how it is in the Christian life. Do your duty. Be where you are supposed to be, and God will sometimes surprise you. Neglect your duties, and God will seem far away. Our submission does not earn grace. It does, however, give us the capacity to receive it.
First obedience, then revelation. First obedience, then guidance. First faith, then sight. That is the pattern. Keep your church vows. Give. Pray. Read the Scriptures. Confess your sins. Receive communion. Live ethically. Work for justice. Show mercy to the poor. Do these things, and the Living God will bring people and resources across your path that will astound and thrill you. Just keep showing up for duty. Go through a door of obedience, and a door of opportunity will open to you. It’s not a bad way to live.
Anyone else feel like giving that an AMEN!?