I had an interesting conversation with a man that I respect deeply, who has challenged me and provoked me to investigate several beliefs that I have. I love having these deep intellectual / theological talks with men who KNOW what they are talking about; but tonight I was reminded that we are all just children, sheep that need a shepherd.
My friend stated that he didn't think that he was "sold out" to Christ. He didn't go into detail but what he said next reminded me with a familiar argument that I have with myself. By what power are we sanctified? He said that he couldn't change himself so the Lord would have to work in his life... He is waiting on the Lord. I remembered how sad I was when those exact thoughts going thru my head.
I told him that sanctification was a partnership between us and Christ and that he has been given every power and every resource from the Lord to WALK in the Spirit. I am not sure if this sank in; but it provoked another thought. It takes more than knowing and talking ABOUT the Lord to KNOW the Lord. I have been guilty for sure of worshiping knowledge and putting it in a good light by worshiping the knowledge of Scripture but it is an idol all the same.
Pursuing knowledge of Christ is not the same as pursuing Him... I want to walk with Him and experience Him on a daily basis. I wan't to put down my intellectual pursuit of Scripture and put on Scripture and go be missional. I know that Scripture is important, I got that figured out, and I pray that no one that reads this would infer that I am diminishing the authority of Scripture or its importance to experiencing Christ.
I just want to see if any of you are in the same boat? We sure are talking a lot about this... are we doing it now? Are you out with the neighbors experiencing Christ, on the golf course experiencing Christ, at work doing what you do...experiencing Christ?
I hope that I will tomorrow, and the next...I sure haven't been doing that great of a job at it lately and perhaps I will have more to input to this great commission if I do.