I find a mistake we often make in the church, is that we focus too much on the Bible alone.
Now I will say this up front. I am NOT discrediting the Bible, saying we should distrust the Bible, Saying the Bible is ‘just good literature’ or any of the other arguments bouncing around that scare Christians into clinging too tightly to the Bible alone. But I do feel we have limited our perspective too much.
Many Christians live their lives as if the Bible is a window into God’s world… the only view of God that we have. People spend lifetimes peering through it. Trying to see it from every angle. Many go so far as to start drawing on the walls around the window trying to extrapolate what they can of the world from that tiny little glimmer…. But in doing this Christians often seem to forget one very important point.
We live in God’s world NOW!
God is still alive. God did not send Jesus His son and then go “Welp! See you all in a few millennia. If you want to know what to do, read my book! Bye!”
One of the biggest things that happened when Jesus came down is we were given access to the Holy Spirit. We can still talk with God. We still live in a world where God is very active in. We still live in a world where God is at work in our lives every day.
So where does the Bible stand then? What makes it so important to read in the first place?
Reality needs constants. Without constants, nothing can be true or false. Without a comparative, you will not be able to know which way to go. A skilled woodworker may be able to tell 2 feet of wood from just looking at it, but that does not mean that a measuring tape is a worthless invention.
The Bible gives us a breakdown. A guideline. A foundation for our beliefs. But a building that is just a foundation, is a fairly worthless structure that will never stand out!
Realize God will never direct you against His word, or in a warped view of His word… but also realize you are meant to live your faith in your own life and this current stage of the world as well.
Don’t lock yourselves in introspection! Jesus IS alive! Don’t you realize what that means? Not WAS alive. Not WILL BE alive. He IS alive! Now! This moment! Right here right now!
So stop looking with in. Look up! Look to him as well!
You know, being a leader has so much more to do with one’s heart than one’s abilities.
There are those who feel they are the leader because they are the strongest out there… however they lack vision or empathy towards those who are not gifted with natural talent.
In contrast there are those who are swimming in vision. Who have a new dream every day and are excited to get others to follow along! They are great at getting people worked up, but lack the perseverance to see things through, and quickly give over responsibility or give up entirely when things get hard for them.
Then there are those who are just driven to help those around them. They may not be the strongest, or have the most confidence in how to make things happen… but they see the people around them struggling… and they want to do what they can to help. Whether in a management, or just a fellow worker role… these are the people who usually end up being a leader.
In society people tend to focus too much on saving what is worth while to them. Racism, prejudice, discrimination. All these things centre around the concept of believing people to be beneath equal treatment due to who they are or what they can and cannot do.
“All men are created equal”… How often do we use that phrase to believe “All people are created the same”? But… that’s not the case. There are tons of things that seem so simple for other people that I can never keep up with myself. At the same time there are things that I can see or do that others seem completely blind to frustratingly enough.
We are not created identical…. but should your treatment of other people be based on what they can do for you? Or as the classic selfishness justification term goes… “What they can do for ‘Society’?”
Our treatment of others should not be based on if they live up to our standards… but on our realization of who we are. How we all are nothing more than weak souls who are struggling as best we can against this monster called life.
Realize we are all fighting together. Don’t judge one person because you deem them to not be giving as much as you in this fight against life! If you have the time to judge them, then you clearly aren’t fighting hard enough to begin with!
Judge others’ lives not as what they are worth to you, but as in what you can give to them! This world is crazy, and we need everyone to get through it!