Heart Ministeries with you today.
April 22, 2010
Missing the Most Important Thing
We take folks through a discipleship program whereby they master any
number of Christian precepts and miss the most important thing of all,
the very thing for which we were created: intimacy with God. There
are, after all, those troubling words Jesus spoke to those who were
doing all the "right" things: "Then I will tell them plainly,
'I never knew you'" (Matt. 7:23). Knowing God. That's the point.
You might recall the old proverb: "Give a man a fish and you feed him
for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." The
same holds true here. Teach a man a rule and you help him solve a
problem; teach a man to walk with God and you help him solve the rest
of his life. Truth be told, you couldn't master enough principles to
see yourself safely through this Story. There are too many surprises,
ambiguities, exceptions to the rule. Things are hard at work—is it
time to make a move? What has God called you to do with your life?
Things are hard at home—is this just a phase your son is going
through, or should you be more concerned? You can't seem to shake
this depression—is it medical or something darker? What does the
future hold for you—and how should you respond?
Only by walking with God can we hope to find the path that leads to
life. That is what it means to be a disciple. After all—aren't we
"followers of Christ"? Then by all means, let's actually follow
him. Not ideas about him. Not just his principles. Him.
(Waking the Dead , 96–97)
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