I have spent most of my life in the faith deeply concerned about the doctrines of the faith.
I invested vast amounts of time and money into learning about God and God was supposed to be found in the pages of all those books that talked about Him.
Those books told you what scholars had decided about His attributes, His attitudes, and how He dealt with man and creation.
It was a lot of information about Him.
I’m sure some of it was even true.
It left me unsatisfied.
It turns out that all that knowledge about Him, though valuable, also created a wall that separated me from the one true and living God.
You have to name the name…His name is Jesus.
When you center your attention on Jesus instead of doctrines about God and books about God things get crazy.
He makes a mess of your library…books cannot contain Him.
He blows up any comfort zone you think you have with astounding demands to follow Him.
Following Him means not following anyone else…even when people you want to be with are chasing after other leaders.
He goes about your life loving people you don’t and then waits for you to do the same.
He says we must love our enemies even if they are enemies of Him as well.
Most of the religious that claim Him try to tame Him…so He rattles their cages until they want to kill Him….and His followers.
He’s a political radical who claims to be King over a kingdom that supersedes all earthly ones.
He expects you to follow His “constitution” when it contradicts any laws of men.
He calls us to live by faith, when we think we need the certainty of currency.
He demands that you reject the ways of the world when the ways of the world are the only way you know how to survive.
Unfortunately, survival isn’t high on His priority list…He always talks about losing this life to find the one He offers.
Reading about Him is easier than following Him.
Following Him can terrifying and fraught with risk .
He is alive and active, demanding and forgiving, consoling and rebuking, holy and awesome.
He is utterly unique, utterly wondrous, utterly God.
I love my books, but I am learning to love Him more.
The risk has proven to be worth it.
Only He satisfies.
Make your own application…