In the horizon…in the distance…do you see it coming?
I know I’ve been quiet for the last few days. I’m in the process of changing gears on my blog. I’m closing down my series on “Journey 2018;” and soon, I’ll be starting a new series about where I see God calling His Church in the days ahead.
I am so excited to share with you what God has allowed to grow in my heart!
Over the last couple of years, and especially the last several months, I have spent a lot time allowing the Gospel to wash over me with fresh perspective. The Spirit of God has stirred a fresh passion for things I did not understand. In some ways, I feel I have been forced to see life and gospel from a new angle. I have asked many questions both of the Lord and myself, and have found Jesus pushing on things that I believe are critical for the Church to understand.
The Lord’s Word to me has been clear and simple. His next move focuses on a “transformation of heart.” Doesn’t sound like anything new, I know; but for me, this points to a strong call of God to reform ourselves to His radical gospel and a call to real life. While people pursue movements that do not last, Jesus says, “This is eternal life (that which does not change and is the fullest expression of life, both now and forever), that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3, ESV)
Knowing God is not an intellectual exercise, nor a doctrinal position. It’s not a theology we can argue from scripture. It’s not about being right, left, evangelical, charismatic, or anything else…knowing God does not even point to the miraculous. To know God, is to walk with Him—to experience Him; to taste and know that He is good, whether in good times or seasons of suffering. It’s an experience that is uniquely personal to each one of us; where at the end of all things we are completely transformed.
So, the Gospel is not about forms of worship, doctrinal statements, or supernatural occurrences. While these may be important, the Gospel is far more about a person. It’s about life!
For now, I will leave you with that.