I’m sure I have written about this elsewhere, but I am continually frustrated over the church’s ability to make itself look foolish in the eyes of the world. I’m not talking about the foolishness that is perceived as a result of genuinely following the Lord Jesus. What I am talking about is some of the foolish ways the church has tried to engage today’s culture with its message. When are we ever going to stop the nonsense and get back to what Jesus told us to do?
Recently, my day took an unexpected turn right at the start. I hadn’t connected with the Lord yet, but I figured I could attend to these other matters and connect with Him once I was through. After all, it was just a few quick errands: drop off something here, pick up something there, you know the drill. What’s the big deal, right?
So I did my running around and finally settled back into my office chair a couple of hours later. That’s when the question came.
“Where were you a couple of hours ago?”
The Lord doesn’t ask us questions because He doesn’t know the answer. He asks to see if we will humble ourselves and admit the truth. I knew exactly where I was. I was running around thinking I could handle these few things on my own without any help from Him.
It was then that this statement hit me with resounding clarity.
“The ultimate foolishness in life is thinking we can live for even a moment without the Lord.”
The Master stated that the key to a successful Christian life was daily abiding in Him (John 15:5). And while we may mentally assent to this, we often find ourselves running back to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong, good or bad, what we can or can’t handle, etc. It is that human tendency within us to live independent of God that can only be relegated to death by daily submitting to the King. Brining ourselves under the rule of the King opens the door for the Ultimate Life to be lived in and through ours.
Needless to say, I had some repenting to do. I didn’t only repent for this time. I also repented for all the times I had forged ahead into “whatever” without giving the Lord a second thought. Through it all I was once again brought back to the reality that true life can only be experienced by living in the Reign.