Here’s the bottom line. Even if you’re the heir to a fortune, if you’re still a minor, you have to do as you’re told. You have a guardian looking after you until you grow up. God’s promise works the same way. It doesn’t do you any good until you grow up.
By “grow up” I mean, take responsibility. Make your own decisions. Take action.
Some children I know do this better than some adults I know. (You can probably think of a few instances of this, too!)
The bottom line (and I think Paul is essentially right on this one) is that you can’t truly experience “salvation” (human life in all it’s fullness) so long as others are calling the shots for you.
For some, there really is someone who’s exercising power and control over their lives. (Exercising inappropriate power and control over someone is a classic definition of abuse.) For some, it may be co-dependency of some kind or another. For some, it may be feigned helplessness. For still others, it may be an addiction. We can hide behind an awful lot of things to keep from having to face our fears and act on our own.
In any case, as with addiction, recognition is the first step to overcoming it.
Who (or what) is your “guardian”? Are you happy with this guardianship arrangement? Or is it time to grow up?