Feb22FriFebruary 22, 2019
Do. Do. Do.
That’s how I read the title of this chapter: “Master the Basics: Know, Worship, Obey.”
Master the Basics = Get it right, Postma. These are BASICS. If you can’t even master the bare-bones easy bits, then how will you EVER move on to the big stuff of faithful living?
Wowzers. Super encouraging beginning to this post, don’t ya think?
However, I recalledl that I was not so despairing at the end of chapter four, and so I resolved to read on in light of what I was helped by then: that Christ does the work of growth in my life, that he is the reason I have hope at every stage of growth, that his character and timing and purpose and methods and intervention are primary, and that he is more invested in my spiritual growth than I am.
Phew. Moving on.
Darryl Dash focuses this chapter on knowing, worshipping, and obeying Jesus. These are certainly the “basics” in that they form the foundation for how we walk out the gift of faith we’ve been given, but they certainly aren’t “basic” as in simple, elementary, plain, or boring.
I mean, try to get your head around this for a moment: The God of the Universe wants to be known by us… US! This is a going to be a lame illustration, so bear with me. I really enjoy the HGTV show “Home Town”. I also really like “Fixer Upper.” I watch those shows and think, “You know what: I think we could be super good friends. I feel like those two couples could join our Life Group, and our kids could hang out, and we could carpool, and host neighbourhood barbecues. Besties for life, man.”
But guess what: they don’t want to be known by me. Not because they are mean or unthoughtful or stuck up, but just because they have enough going on, they already have friends, and they don’t need me in their life.
But what about Jesus? He also has enough going on (“He holds all things together by the power of his word,” for example… kind of sounds like a full-time job), he has a growing number of followers from around the world (from Jerusalem, to Judea, and to the ends of the earth!), and he doesn’t actually need me (You could read Psalm 50, 1 Corinthians 10, Job 41, or Psalm 24 to get a sense of his lack of need of anything we could offer).
And yet, he invites us to know him. No, I think more than that: he longs for us to know him! Throughout scripture, God reveals himself in spectacular, personal, intimate ways. When people ask to see him, he says yes! When people called out to be brought near to Jesus, Jesus allowed it and encouraged it, scolding those who tried to prohibit some from coming near.
How do you get to know Jesus? Primarily, by reading the Word (which is a habit that Darryl Dash will no doubt get us to focus on as the book continues). This, for many of us who have been Christians for a long time, can dissolve into rote habit, cold ritual, or a means of trying to earn God’s favour (“I’ve had really good quiet times this week, so I expect God will really answer my prayers today. He owes me!” or “I’ve had really rotten quiet times this week, so no wonder I got a flat tire on the way to work. He’s punishing me!” Both attitudes are unbiblical and unhelpful, FYI.)
But it shouldn’t be that way. I should look at my Bible on the table and be AMAZED that God wants me to know him and that he intends for me to use the good gift of His Word to do so.
I. Get. To. Know. Jesus.
That fact should thrill me to such an extent that the call to worship and obey from the remainder of this chapter should be an absolute “well, DUH” moment! The Creator of the Universe wants to be known by me! Of course, I will then worship Him! And of course, I will then obey him!
What an overwhelmingly wonderful thought that I can (as much as my finite brain can handle) know Jesus! He will reveal himself to me and will draw me in. Spectacular stuff! I’m not sure why that was such a revelation to me this week, but it sounded like a siren call that compelled me to get my eyes off of myself and onto my beautiful Lord and Savior and for that I’m am incredibly grateful.