Have ever heard something and it just clicks? It is like you have a light bulb light up over head and something that you thought you understood, instantly just makes sense.
Well, I just experienced this.
I was challenged with the question, “How well do I know God’s Word?”
Let me tell ya’ll, my honest answer, is not easy to admit.
I am TERRIBLE at memorizing scripture or even just sitting down, opening up God’s Word and soaking my heart in its truth. I know the characteristics of Jesus because I have experienced them in my own life, He is loving, merciful, compassionate, jealous, strong, all-knowing, and sovereign.
How could I possibly think that my faith will survive on my brief (beautiful) glimpses of Jesus in my own life? Why am I satisfied with just that, instead of seeking such an important message?
Because I let myself become comfortable with the sweet parts of Jesus. If we are being honest, the REAL parts of who God is can be scary and uncomfortable. I mean what if God wants me to be like Esther and put my life on the line?! Doesn’t God know that I am not that brave?
Here I am again, not trusting Him. I tell other people how good He is and how full of grace and love He is. But here I am stuck at a point where I don’t know if I would be willing (most days) to bet my life on those truths. I know God is love. I know He only wants my good so why do I let a busy life come in-between me and my knowledge of Him?
John Piper made this amazing statement that was so simple but totally blew my mind:
"It would be a very serious mistake to encourage people to believe in a Jesus they knew nothing about. Believing without content, without some knowing of information and truth is empty mysticism. The biggest problem with this kind of mysticism is that an unknown Christ cannot be trusted and cannot be glorified. You can only glorify intentionally something you know to be glorious. This is why preaching the gospel precedes faith and grasping it. Knowing the meaning of what is preached precedes faith."
We have to dig into scripture and KNOW the Word of God so that we can explain it to others. We are here to glorify God, yet how can we glorify Him if we don't know anything about Him? The more we know about Him the more glory we can bring to His name, the more glory we can bring to His name, the more people get to know Him, & the more people we get to rejoice with in Heaven.
I believe that our experiences and our story of coming to Jesus are so very important in spreading the Gospel to lost souls, but I also think that if we are not grounded in the redeeming truths of scripture and the history of our faith, we will not have the endurance to keep going on.
My small mark in this huge picture of God’s plan has everything to do with His glory and nothing to do with my wants. Knowing the most I can about the God I serve is not just for my benefit, but for everyone that He lets me cross paths with. He saved me to go meet others where they are and point them to the cross.
My faith has to be grounded in the written Word of God. It seems like every time I open the Word, I am hit with a hard truth about something not aligning with the cross in my life and it hurts. Other times, when I am hurting, it is a balm to my wounds.
If we want our faith to grow and the faith of those around us, we have to be willing to know and understand what we believe in. Faith comes after understanding. To make others understand, we have to have faith.
Running to the cross, burying our hearts in who God is, teaching those around us the truth about His love all starts with understanding what we believe.
Open the word and marinate your hearts in it this week. Grow your knowledge about God to grow your faith in Him. Have a great week!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.