DayBreaks for 9/05/19: The Tin Man and the God-man
NOTE: Galen is on vacation for the next couple weeks and may not respond to any comments until he returns on 9/9/19.
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
More today on the struggle with sin that wages war within us:
We seem to have a thought that we are to wage war on sin and win the victory. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, we are to oppose evil. But we need to grasp the truth that the war is not just ours – the war belongs to God. He was waging war against sin and evil long before any of us were born. He is the One Who declared war. He is the One with the tools to fight – and win – this war. We cannot and will not win the victory. God must and will win. He began that long ago, and the major, telling blow was struck at Calvary and sealed on Resurrection Morning. Yet, even when it comes to dealing with sin, we try to make it all about “me”, “I”, “us.”
Because of this, the struggle against sin can only be safely and successfully waged if we are in a full, right relationship with Him. It is when we are not in that kind of close relationship that we will try to fight on our own power and strength – and the result is that we will fall, bloodied on the moral battlefield. It is in relationship with the Spirit that we will find not only the strength, but the desire to join in the war. The desire of our heart is evil continually. That’s why the heart and mind of Christ must be formed in us – and that happens when like Enoch, we walk with Him.
C.S. Lewis, the ever astute observer of things of faith, said that our faith is not a matter of our hearing what Christ had to say a long time ago and then “trying to carry it out.” Rather, he suggests, it is that “The real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself. He is beginning, so to speak, to ‘inject’ His kind of life and thought, His Zoe [Greek: life], into you; beginning to turn the tin soldier into a live man. The part of you that does not like it is the part that is still tin.”
There is still far too much tin man in each of us, methinks. The God-man is at our side, walking step by step, waiting for us to give Him more of our tin hearts so He can turn them into life receiving and giving hearts that beat with the passion of the Christ who is our constant companion.
PRAYER: Turn our tin hearts into hearts that are like our Savior’s, hearts that are alive with Truth and power. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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