I love going to school. I do. It’s just that my brain is going to explode. My classes are fantastic. The profs are great. But my brain is going to explode, or implode, or something-ode.
I’ve heard it said that the more you grow spiritually, the more you realize you haven’t made much progress. If you think you’re a pretty good Christian, that’s a pretty good sign that you’re pretty immature in the faith. More mature disciples realize they have a long, long way to go.
Well, I must be growing spiritually. The more I learn about the Bible, the more I realize that I know so little. The Bible is full of truth and power, yet so many of us understand so little of the truth that we get almost none of the power. And, we’re not taught on Sundays how to discover the “wabam” of Scripture – so don’t think (like I did) that just because you grew up in church that you know anything about the Bible. Rather, you know what your parents, pastor, small group leader, and church friends think about the Bible.
Get a couple good commentaries and start reading it for yourself, and you’ll learn rather quickly (like I have) that what you’ve thought has mostly been Christian clichés and cute little sing-songy sayings saturated with subtle (or not so subtle) alliterations and other pneumonic devices. While these have their place in helping us remember application points, there is so much more to God’s Word than clever wordplay.
So let me ask you these questions:
- When was the last time you got goose bumps reading the Bible?
- When was the last time you were ravished by the beauty of God revealed in the Bible?
- When was the last time you were terrified by what you read in the Bible?
- When was the last time you were uncomfortable with what you read in the Bible?
- When was the last time you didn’t like something you read in the Bible?
- When was the last time you were convicted as you read the Bible?
- When was the last time something in your life changed as a result of reading the Bible?
- When was the last time you read your Bible?
Maybe it’s time your brain exploded, too! Maybe what we both need is a fresh vision from God that gives us a fresh hunger for God, so that we dig deeply into His Word.