After posting this title, should you see me hanging from a tree on the side of the road (some cling tightly to that term, reform), at least wave… please (wasn’t someone looking for a scarecrow)?
It …is …all …okay (really, it is).
I just detected the desire to bring a thought into my world this morning and knew my title would make a great attention-getter (hey, it got mine).
At his conversion, Paul had a couple of questions for Jesus that I think sums well our purposed intent as believers in the risen Lord. He asked of Jesus, “Who are you?” and “What will you have me do?” He then spent the rest of his life pursuing the answers to those questions (it still amazes me that later in life, Paul would still cry out, “that I might know Him”).
To the credit of Reformed Theology, I have to tell you that I think much of the excellent stuff being published today comes through their pens. Men like Piper, Carson, and Sproul have studied to show themselves approved and then passed those studies to those of us lower on the food chain. For that, I am eternally grateful.
But what of that second question? What will the Lord have me be doing? See, reading and study often comes easy for me because it’s what I cherish spending my time doing. So much so that sadly I sometimes wonder if I can find perfect contentment locked in my study with my library of biblical resources and never recognize that I may be fully ignoring the second question.
Revisiting that disturbing title of mine; isn’t that at least a semblance of what the Pharisees were guilty of? Having the source to know and not do?
We know from his letters that Paul expected believers to be in study of the Word (learning who Jesus is); that’s a given, but what conclusion do we find the early believers coming to as what to do with the knowledge once they heard from God (what will you have me do?)? …a couple hints I graciously offer as suggestions: Acts 2:42-47; Matthew 5, 6 & 7; 28:18-20. Any thoughts from your side?
“Get away from me you dagnabbit crow! …and take the Boston Red Sox with you!”