“We are All the Unprofessionals”

reflection from Sunday sermon

“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?..” – Gal 3:3

My pastor gave a truth-revealing analogy yesterday, about (let’s call “an unprofessional”) who’s trying to reach the mountain top of Himalayas 🗻 by using readily available helicopter 🚁 from the headquarter, but in the midst of his journey he forced the helicopter to drop him off to the ground so that he could continue his (hardest!) journey end to the top by foot. 

Do you call this as heroic, or simply foolish? 

For the professionals, they may get sense of satisfaction and achievement from climbing to the top without any help other than their own tools. But when we’re talking about “being saved and going to heaven”, can we say that we are all “the unprofessionals”, and this act is, like what Paul said, “foolish”. 

Adding some good works, some extra commitments, some extra sacrifice out of mere human efforts on top of God’s grace to “finish the race well” won’t help us anywhere far from spiritual tiredness and boredom and exhaustion. 

Faith + work does NOT equal to salvation. But faith = salvation + good fruitful works.

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” – Phil 2:13

Nothing to boast. 

Very blessed by the sermon yesterday indeed, so much to chew on and praying that Holy Spirit will reveal more and enable me to live on it. 


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