“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” Part 2.
Read Part 1.
There are some brilliant preachers and authors out there at the moment. Authors who will deliver an amazing insight into Christianity and who can write incredibly well. There are some preachers who can really inspire you to the point of wanting to take on the world. Never has there been an easier time to get this information and hear or read what they are saying. YouTube, Facebook, Amazon to name a few, all deliver instant feeds and books to you to build you up and strengthen you. And it is brilliant. Within minutes you can hear what has just been preached on the other side of the world. You can listen to live streaming of a conference 4000 miles away. It is incredible.
But it is not these experiences that we should long for.
These words, thoughts, preaches, blogs and writings should only add to what God is already doing in you. They shouldn’t be all God is doing in you. God should be ever present within your life and there should be such a presence of God in you that all the ‘added extras’ become just that – added to an already strong relationship with God.
How do you get that relationship with God? Well, how do you become good mates with someone? You hang out, spend time, enjoy company, chat….and it is the same with God. Talk to Him, because the creator of all of earth is very interested in your life. Truly.
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” W.E.B. Du Bois
We are children of God and we can learn so much more from knowing who God is rather than reading teachings on it. Just as the best way to find out about a person is to spend a week with them, finding out how they conduct their life and their characteristics; not reading about them. In the Bible it says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) and similarly in Psalm 145:18 it says “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.” How you do that is down to you – do what ignites your spirit. Do what makes you feel closest to God. I recently wrote about my most spiritual moments. Read ‘Part 1‘ or ‘Part 2‘.
These verses are invitations into closeness. Authentic faith. Not lukewarm. Not “I used to be a Christian…” but to wholehearted devotion to Christ. Erwin McManus (2005) writes about calling yourselves “passionate followers of Christ” rather than ‘Christians’. I’m not advocating that, but with the watered-down verses of ‘Christianity’ we sometimes see, I understand his point. Follow Jesus passionately.
I’ll end this post with the words of Jesus himself: “You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40 NIV).
In all the books, podcasts, writings, preaches, blogs, articles and conferences that are available; don’t lose Jesus for yourself.
Much love. Rob
McManus, Erwin (2005), ‘The Barbarian Way’. Thomas Nelson Publishing
*Bible verses in the New King James Version