Last night, we had a talk by a pastor, who honestly I like as a person and as a Christian, but who struck me as a little off, mainly because he spent his time talking about shaking up the church and getting people out of boxes and narrow-mindedness in the Church.
The problem I have is the same I’ve had for a while, while we’re busy ranting about the failures in the Church and in our lives, we’re not talking about Jesus. We’re not moving people to rejoice in Jesus. Now, I can rant with the best of them about what’s wrong with seminary, and Church, and the like. I can even go on and on about what’s wrong with me. All of that is valuable for only one thing: It can point us to the awesomeness of Jesus, on whom we must rely.
All things are created through him and for him. He is the ultimate source of Joy indescribable if only we’d turn to Him instead of our failings. All the sins of the world, failures of the Church, and failings in my own heart and desires (and I have a lot of ’em) are negligible to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus my Lord.
The problems are there, and they need to be repented of, but we won’t have the juice, or the impetus to do that until we value Jesus more highly than we value anything else.
Soli Deo Gloria