“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave it to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”- Genesis 3:6
In Chapter 10 (“Passivity- I’m Sure Everything Will Work Itself Out”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman wonders what keeps us from acting with a greater sense of urgency when facing adversity. Rather than being aggressive, a passive response seems to come more naturally. Even when much is at stake, we’re likely to have an “I’m sure everything will work out” attitude.
Pastor Idleman finds it ironic that, as a society, we love action- but would rather watch it than live it. In fact, he asserts that passivity could be accurately described as the first sin we inherited from Adam. When Eve took the fruit from the tree and ate it, Adam was standing right there (Genesis3:6). Pastor Idleman adds that it is essential that we don’t miss this point:
“Our passive approach to the action God has called us to take shows that we are honoring something more than Him.”
In other words, we are choosing easy over God.
Today’s question (from Kyle): How does the hard work of immediate action bring changes that the path of least resistance never could? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Passivity vs. immediate action”