Back to the Basics
Back to the Basics
Thank you, Noah!
This past Saturday night I was hanging out with an old friend for the night. After a quick sonic run, we went to see our old friend and youth pastor, Travis. We, of course, went to Starbucks to talk. What started out as catching up, just flowed into what Jesus is doing in our lives. While talking one thing that really stuck with me was one thing Travis told us.
Travis told us how in a book he was reading a phrase stuck out to him. He brought it up when he was a mentor in his life. His mentor asked him what it was. So Travis started, “God loves me…” and his mentor stopped him. He told him to say that again, and he did, “God loves me.” He had him repeat it over and over again. On the 7th or 8th time, Travis said he just started weeping.
Even as he was telling us of this he began to cry in front of us. What was so powerful to me was that this wasn’t the result of some passionate sermon, or from the emotions in a worship song. Not that there is anything wrong with either of those necessarily. What moved him was just the simple truth that God loves him. Seeing Travis moved like this honestly convicted me. When did I lose that awe and bewilderment that God loves me? I feel like this applies to most of us. If were honest with ourselves we may have never even had that.
This is something that we all deal with I think. As Christians, were saved by grace through faith, then what? What keeps us at the foot of the cross? Works? Bible knowledge? Theology? None of the above. Only constantly siting in the truth that God loves me. I’ve been saved by grace through faith, and I did nothing to get it. Seeing yourself as passive rather than active in the salvation narrative, allows you to be where Travis was at that night. Absolutely humbled that a God of perfection and power loves you. From this position of reverent submission to the sovereign King of Glory allows for what we talked about above, to be life-giving rather than distracting or even life draining.
For me, this plays out in my love of theology. I love to study and find out how God works and moves. It is my number one hobby, pastime, and passion. But in that pursuit, I constantly forget the importance of the “basics.” I can study and learn about how God’s love plays itself out. How that love works out for our salvation. Learn about the nature and character of God, from whom that love comes from. But what’s the point of all that, if I’m not amazed by God’ love? All of that will only produce legalism and pride if not received from a position of humility and awe of God’s love for me. That’s why God in his perfect love for me, He lovingly reminds me of this through Travis.
Our God is so good y’all. My prayer for all of us is that we never lose that amazement and bewilderment that God loves sinners like us. I want to close with a psalm that God uses to remind me of this.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right[b] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
I pray that like in verse 12 that Christ would restore the joy of his salvation to us. That when we think about God’s goodness and grace towards us, our hearts leap with joy and thanksgiving at the beauty of our God.
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