Christianity is not in the books.

Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’ ~Matthew 22:37-40

This is one of the things I have been learning and re-learning through this process: there is an urgency for relationship with God in Christ, and with people. The Lord is most certainly reorientating my priorities and perspective toward the realization that people, as Paul says in Thessalonians, are our reward. That ministering the Gospel means proclaiming and embodying, not just “talking about it.”

This post is to serve as a reminder, especially for all the scholar types, that God’s Word (and in this instance I mean the scriptures) are clear; that they are indeed “living and active,” and that He speaks to the “common man” through them in clear ways, before He ever speaks to the scholar/theologian; or at least the “common man” is often more ready to hear than is the “theologian.” What the Lord is making totally clear to me is that this life is short and the Gospel has an urgency to it; that the Gospel is a “lived reality” (more than a “read reality”), and that the LORD is concerned that we show compassion, mercy, and grace (one of the ways is by proclaiming the Gospel) to all those around us.

I think too often we care way too much about what other “theologians” or “Christians” think of us — especially when formulating our particular “theo-systems.” Jesus Christ is all that matters, we stand before Him; and like the Apostle Paul, we must live before and in Him. Which means that we jettison our comfort zones and live as if the LORD could come right now, and/or require our souls of us this very night. This, at least, is what the LORD has been showing me; He is calling me and my family to live a life of total abandonment to and for Him. Which doesn’t mean that books aren’t involved, but that we remember that books are written for a certain end; and that is for the edification of God’s people. Mostly, THE BOOK, God’s Word is written for God’s people to know and love Him through; and this if anything is what the LORD is encouraging me too, and that is that the scriptures are His love letter to me (and us), and that He still speaks through them (sometimes in midrashic and applied ways, in fact very often if we would only listen to Him).

I hope this has been an encouragement. In Christ!