Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It's a Journey, not a Destination
. . . whereas to the Puritans communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing.
The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not.
The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it.
When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology—but rarely of their daily experience of God.It is all about us, yet it is not about us at all. We talk about what concerns us, but we do not talk about us. You see, genuine communion with God will, of necessity, confirm two things - 1) How very small we are in comparison to God, and 2) How deeply sinful we are.
We do things for God in order to keep God at arms length so that we do not have to learn how deeply flawed we are. What deeply saddens me is that this self-understanding is not the destination of our Christian journey - it is but the first step. And more, the journey takes us to a place so much better than we can possible imagine. A place where we are as we were created to be and not the distorted things we have become.
If we could just bring ourselves to take the first step.
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