I’m Responsible For My Faith
by Shingai Ndinga
I travelled out of town and left my car with a friend. He drove it minimally, and when I got back to town, drove the car, the radiator decided that it was time to semi-join the ancestors. My immediate default reaction was to shift the blame towards my friend: how could you let this happen?
“…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”Philippians 2:12
But it dawned on me that I did not personally pay careful and detailed attention to the car. Each time I went to the fuel (gas) station, I relied on the attendant to make sure that the water level and oil were fine. It turns out that they mistakenly assumed the water level was fine as they did not open the cap, but rather looked at the on the side to peek at the level. Unfortunately, there was a dark mark on the side of the reservoir that made it seem like it reflected the water level, alas they were misled.
Yes, I could shift the blame to them and mentioned that they should have opened up the cap to see inside but at the end of the day, I am responsible for my car.
What does that have to do with our faith?
God tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Whilst, I will not get to the specifics of the last three words of that sentence, what stands out is that we need to work out our own salvation, not the next person’s but our own.
Whilst teachers of the word carry a heavy responsibility, at the end of the day, we are responsible for what we believe. Acts 17:11 says that “[n]ow the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”.
Whilst Paul was teaching them, the Bereans took responsibility for their own faith, and this is what we have to do. It’s not enough to be fed on the pulpit, to believe something just because it was said by a teacher. Our faith has to be personal, an individual conviction that does not ride on others, though it gets encouraged by the fellowship with others.
Let’s work out our salvation, both individually, then together.
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