Posted by: amylamb | February 15, 2013

The Spacious Place

“Responsibility” is a word we throw around a lot, but what exactly does it mean?

Responsibility is a result of redemption. Remember Genesis 3: Adam and Eve disobey God’s terms for living in his land — they were irresponsible with what they had been given. Consequently, they hid.

The shame of their irresponsibility drove them into the hidden place. But redemption “(brings us) out into a spacious place” (Psalm 18:19).

Though each of us carries the burden of human irresponsibility in a different way, our instinct to hide our shame prevents us from bringing our shortcomings into the spacious place, where it can be seen, defined, and ultimately, healed.

Irresponsibility hides. Responsibility is the boldness to acknowledge our sin and the humility required to accept God’s gracious intervention.

Now that we have been brought from darkness into light, we are responsible. For we have been given the inheritance of Christ not to hoard, but to invest.

As imitators of Christ, we are responsible to draw others out of their hiding and into the spacious place. We are responsible for providing the security, love, and grace that those around us need in order to be healed. Because even in the hidden place, the voice of the Healer is heard.

From the hidden place into the spacious place: that is the gospel. Responsibility is the response the gospel demands. It’s the response that chooses not to remain bound by the consequences of sin, but to become an agent of Christ’s redemption.

In other words: there is hope for whatever you’re hiding today.

He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
— Psalm 18:19

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