But that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. We still have to let God work in us, we still need to surrender to God’s ways.
If your doctor told you that you had a cancerous growth, you’d still need to agree that it was a) a problem and b) that something needed to change. You’d still need to agree to have surgery to have it removed, to surrender to the are of the anaesthetist and surgeon and all the other medical professionals who would be doing the work of removing it (and keeping you alive while it happens).
And your job doesn’t stop there. You need to let yourself heal and recover, and you need to reclaim abilities that should be normal and natural but the cancerous growth has robbed you of. Maybe you need to relearn how to walk properly, or to speak properly, to see normally. You need to adapt to your body’s new and natural capabilities, what the surgeon has set you free to be able to do, to live as you are meant to be living.
Yes, the surgery is not in your hands, for that one you need to surrender and trust, but the living afterwards? That‘s up to you. Yes, with support from your surgeon and the physiotherapist and your family, but you need to reclaim what should be normal and natural.
It’s the same in the spiritual life. God does the surgery, but we need to relearn to live as we were originally created to live, not to continue to conform to the ways the cancerous world has shaped us to live, but to be free to move and speak and grow how God would have us live.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2
Where has God done surgery in your life?
Have you followed it up by changing how you live?