The agrarian theme continues this week along with the concept of growth…
It’s not just Jesus in The Bible who uses the analogy of plants to explain the spiritual life. Paul, the apostle, uses it to try and keep some people he’s writing to on the straight and narrow.
Sadly, many a person has entered the Church, risen to a position of leadership and then left it in disgrace, denial or delusion. The Bible is more than open about the way that human nature operates. All too easily we forget ‘where it’s all at’ and not just with spiritual things.
Sometimes we just forget stuff. We get caught up with everything that’s going on around the place and we forget to say something kind to our neighbour, to help out our work colleague, to hold a door open for someone who’s less mobile than us. We become so focused on goals and ‘doing stuff’ that we forget that human existence is about relationships.
We just forget.
But other times, people lead us astray, whether intentionally or unintentionally. They might not be aiming to hurt or hinder us, but they do. They’ve misunderstood. Or they don’t know the full picture. Or they were led astray themselves in the first place.
Or they might have sinister motives. They might genuinely be working against us. Such is humanity. Such are we. That’s why we’ve got to make sure we know ‘where it’s all at’ in life.
The same with Christianity. We can easily forget ‘where it’s all at’ with Christianity.
Q: So where is it all at with Christianity?
It’s one of those answers that as soon as someone says it, you have a ‘oh duh, of course, why didn’t I think of that?’ moment. The guy’s name is in the title of the religion, right?
And yet how often we forget. We easily focus on the Church service ‘rituals’, or a person’s Church attendance rates, or how often they read their Bible, or…
…anything but the man, Jesus.
But he’s where it’s all at. If you want to get confused about Christianity, have conversations that never mention Jesus. Just talk about everything other than him. Sure it’ll sound ‘Christian’, but it won’t be. It’ll just be a religious chat.
But if you want to stay the course as a Christian or (to return to the plant analogies) ensure that you grow spiritually, then you’ve got to keep coming back to Jesus. As the apostle, Paul said:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
You want to keep it real as a Christian? Then keep it about Jesus.
Let everything ‘spiritual’ that you do, be done with and, as Christians often say, “in him”.
Yours in Christ,
Image Credit: YouTube Couldn’t resist… spiritual double meaning meets nineties flashback