Search the scriptures; for in them you think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (John 5: 39, 40)
They do it all over the continent every Sunday morning. Open their Bibles or gaze upon the overhead screen. Try to glean the import of magic words. These are the words of God and they contain pathways to victory, purpose and satisfaction. Let us look at the original languages. Let us compare parallel passages. Let us look for the promise here and the fulfillment over yonder. Isn’t it all wonderfully convincing and cohesive? Didn’t Pastor put an interesting spin on his life illustrations?
But where is Jesus in all of this learning? Where is the sense of His loyalty, compassion and coaching? Are we simply receiving knowledge when that which our Lord yearns to impart is life itself. His Life. His Authority. His Understanding. His closeness to the Heavenly Father.
It can all be missed, although the supposed worshipper has memorized a boatload of Bible verses, and sounds ever so sanctified.
Better for the entire gathering to quiet themselves and meditate upon a single vignette from the Gospel tales of Jesus’ kindness and care. Sing a song in worship of that Great Heart. Utter a corporate prayer crying out for His visitation and input. Repent of the scores of shortcomings cluttering the record of the past week. In short it is time to get real and to live in Him. We must not opt out for a comfortable grasp of “Christian living” when the target is intended to be Christ Himself.
Leave behind all the gadgets and intellectual pride. Stop seeing Bible knowledge as the objective. Our commission is clearly laid out in 2 Corinthians 5 and 6, and it takes supernatural input. Ambassadors of reconciliation. Different from this world.
The KIng has seats close to His throne and available for those who are broken, hungry, expectant and humble. His life will be actualized in them and in their yielding. Other lives will be changed as a consequence, and other dark places lightened.
Not simply another lesson.