26
October
2012

Refresh

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith

(please note: As ALWAYS, with ALL of my blogs: your comments/questions or any sort of discussion are more than welcome, just scroll down under this post and feel free to leave a comment, whether you’ve ever done it before or not, I’d love to hear from you and hear your feedback; whether you agree with me, or wanna disagree and call me stupid; if you’ve got an example in your own life to share–whatever; anything, just feel free to scroll down and leave a comment.)

Deuteronomy 31.9 — This little verse shows us a command that God Almighty laid out for the Israelites when He was in  the process of establishing them as a people group. One thing He stressed to them is that His Law that He laid out to them must be re-read every so often.

This is something of which I’ve been convinced for years, with our faiths in God: none of us are robots. We’re not databases. Just because you read the Word of God and understood it at one point does not mean that you somehow retain it  forever; nor that, I dunno, all your ills will be fixed or can be addressed because you once read the Word of God and it clicked for you one time. And I’m talking whether you’ve read it all the way through, or if you’ve just read a few choice passages that’ve seemed to stick with you and mean a lot to you.

No no no, we are HUMAN. We are weak. We have short memories, our physical needs displace the deeper, more internal things. We forget. We lose our focus. We have to be reminded of things, and get refreshed on things. As bad as we hate it, and as much as we want to think we are strong, we can remember, as much as we’d like to think “we’ve pretty much got it (our faith and our life) figured out“, it’s not true. You have got to be refreshed on God and His ways.

They key is to ingest the Word of God—the Bread of Life—and take it in as meaningfully as you can.

One of the more interesting ironies of the Christian walk is how those of us who were raised to regularly attend a church once or twice a week, and taught the tenets of the Christian faith and whatnot have always been encouraged to “Read the Bible more”, “Pray more”, “Think of others more often than yourself”, “Always be a better Christian” and whatnot.

That’s cool—I’m not knocking those goals.

But the ironic part comes in when you come across someone who was *NOT* “raised to regularly attend a Christian church”, yet through whatever sequence of events, they have found themselves trusting God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and then they CRAVE to learn about God, to continue to discover the character of Christ, and to ingest as much of God’s Word (the Scriptures, the revelation of Jesus, the WAY) as much as they can—and it revolutionizes their lives. They cannot get enough. They become obsessed and quite literally crave learning about Christ, deepening their knowledge, and applying the newfound truth into their everyday life.

So our minds tell us, “Oh well, I’ve been around ‘THE CHURCH’ for a longer amount of time that this other person who has only lately come to know Christ, so that means I know more and have retained more knowledge than them.” Mmmmmmmm not always the case. I’ve seen and come across people that are new Christians, and after only a month or two, they have so combed through Scripture and meaningfully ingested God’s Word that they are leaps and bounds ahead of people that may have been around “The Church” more, or read passages from the the Bible more times.

The thing to remember is just not to assume that “Amount of time I’ve been a ‘Christian’“, or “Amount of Scripture” I’ve readdefine your faith and your relationship with Christ and with God. Always refresh yourself in His Word. Always humbly approach Him and His Word, and ask Him to guide you as you read His Word. And don’t let yourself ever begin to think you know it all.

So just remember, don’t think you’ve ever “arrived” or somehow “read the Bible enough” or “stored it away enough” such that you can ever call yourself “COMPLETE”. You are not a database that can perfectly output Biblical answers/attitudes at any time you are prompted with anything in life just because you read through the Bible once, or just because you have a season in your life where you regularly took in the Word of God and you love it and could not get enough. Just never let your mind get to telling you that you have somehow “Arrived”, or that you have nothing left to improve on your life, or “you’ve pretty much covered it all and don’t much have room for any more”.

Stay humble, stay inquisitive; and stay loving.

— Travis J
11/2/2012

(please note: As ALWAYS, with ALL of my blogs: your comments/questions or any sort of discussion are more than welcome, just scroll down under this post and feel free to leave a comment, whether you’ve ever done it before or not, I’d love to hear from you and hear your feedback; whether you agree with me, or wanna disagree and call me stupid; if you’ve got an example in your own life to share–whatever; anything, just feel free to scroll down and leave a comment.)



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