John 11:25 (NKJV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
Nobody likes studying theology more than me. For years a systematic theology book has been a part of my morning devotions. I cringe when I hear people make disparaging remarks about doctrine not mattering. They are either sadly naïve or dangerously deceptive.
But oddly enough, there is a danger in loving the great doctrines of the Church. The danger is that I can settle for just loving the great doctrines of the church instead of using them to fuel a deeper love for the God the doctrines point to.
That was the issue Jesus was addressing with Martha. The good news was that Martha believed in the doctrine of the resurrection; the bad news was she failed to see that the resurrecter (Jesus Christ) was standing right in front of her! (John 11:24)
Maybe the study of doctrine is not a passion for you, maybe your passion is music or teaching or keeping the memory of your family’s contribution to a local church alive or a dozen other good “God-things”. While any and all of these can be good things, you must beware of allowing them to separate you from Jesus Himself.
You can get so caught up in enjoying the music that you never get into the presence of the One the music is about.
You can get so caught up in working for the church that you never spend time with the Lord of the Church.
You can get so caught up trying to save the world that you fail to allow the saving presence of Jesus Christ perfect and sanctify you.
In summary, the things of God and the truths of God can become idols that oddly enough, block us from seeing God right in front of us.
- The ONE THING for today: At the end of the day, your relationship with God is all that matters. Let your pursuit of knowledge and good works be a means to an end—coming to know God better. There’s an eternity of difference between doing things for Jesus and doing things with Jesus.
Matthew 7:23 (NKJV)
And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me…”
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