It began in mystery and it will end in mystery; but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. – Diane Ackerman
The most dangerous Christ followers are those who have lost their fascination with God. No less than modern-day Pharisees who possess infinite knowledge ABOUT God but no real relationship WITH him, they become wonder-void wildcards who are unpredictable, unhelpful, often even outright harmful to their families, to the churches they call home, to the community in which they belong. Their eyes and hearts no longer blink and beat with awestruck reverence for their God.
Is this really the way of Christ?
Certainly we are to be grown up in our knowledge of God: we are to read about him, we are to learn about him, we are to talk about him, we are to be about his work. But to check the box of spirituality there—at that superficial point—and call it a day? Call it a LIFE? That is to miss life wholly, life as it’s meant to be lived.
God cannot be tamed by our sterile religious dogmas or caged in our closed-up-tight theological boxes. No, he is too fierce, too unwieldly, too OTHER, to be managed. Restrained? Never. But revered? Now we’re onto something. He is too wondrous to constrain with a single word, which means that those in intimate relationship with him can’t help but live life wonderstruck. We can’t help but be fascinated with God.
We are to come to God, come into relationship with him, as children. Not in the sense of childishness—immature, impetuous, demanding—but rather childlikeness. We come to him chatty, clingy, and in need. We come eager, excitable, and entranced. We come full of questions, full of awe.
LIKE, not ISH. This is where wonder begins.
March 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Such a great article Pastor Brady! I remember when I was 14 years old, spending a weekend at a residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities (in our ‘day’ sadly, we called it ‘adult retarded center’) and the chaplain, “Pastor Ron,” looked at us and said, “the day that your ‘Gospel’ doesn’t at the same time, amaze you, yet, include these folks, then it is not the Gospel of Jesus! Such a great reminder to us all! Thank you!
March 8, 2014 at 12:50 am
Wow. Very powerful, Dr. Todd
March 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm