What Matters

There are so many things that I don’t understand about faith and the Bible.  Now there’s a good bit that I do know, that I do understand.

But, if you want someone who can explain all the book of Revelation to you, I’m not your guy.  You want a complete and total understanding of free will versus God’s sovereignty?  I don’t understand it perfectly.

Now, on these, as well as other issues, believe me, I’ve got my opinions (I’ve got them on my every issue!). But I’m not going to claim that I perfectly understand these things.  And you know what?  I’m ok with that.  Listen to what it says in Colossians 2:8-11:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ

jesus-neon-sign-5What we don’t know pales in comparison to what we do know.  Jesus Christ.  Him crucified.  Him resurrected.  Him returning.  Living, breathing, dying, rising, and returning.

So, for us, the thing is this. We often spend more time worrying about what we don’t understand than focusing on what we do understand.  I had a professor in college that put it like this.  Jesus isn’t hard to understand.  He’s just hard to follow.  Loving your enemies is not complicated.  It’s just hard.  Forgiving those that hurt you is not complicated, it’s just hard.

Today, there’s a lot that you and I don’t know. But there’s a good bit that we do know. Focus on that.  Focus on what matters.  Focus on Jesus.  His life.  His death.  His resurrection.  His return.  Seek to live out His grace and love.  Seek to know Him and know Him better.  Seek to show grace to all that we meet.  Seek to pray.  To serve.  To care.  To give.

To be salt and light.

Today, be faithful.  And leave the stuff that we don’t understand to God.  He can handle it!

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