Growing in God …
I’ve been thinking today about some of my friend’s comments. I have one in particular who, in my opinion, has God in a “box of love”. Okay, don’t get me wrong I know that God is a god of love and He demonstrated that by giving us Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins. There are a multitude of scriptures backing this truth. But, being a guy who generally likes to get to the point quickly I’ll just leave it at that.
There is another who has more insight into the things of God and how He works. So, here are two Christians who view God and His ways differently. I posted something on my dear friend Loopy’s blog a pretty good while ago and I thought I’d attempt to illustrate my thoughts on the matter. Many Christians are what I refer to as “ground level” Christians. This is not saying they are bad or false. I’m just saying these kind of people are content in receiving Christ as their savior, attending church regularly, perhaps some bible study but never grasping the basic knowledge of God. Never willing or have the burden to “go higher” in their spiritual lives. This is one of the dangers of the eternal security doctrine; once saved, always saved, nothing else to do. But folks, there is so much more. So much more to the ways of God that are very important to learn. Very important as we are living in very dangerous times.
Okay, to me the most important scriptures in the Bible (don’t get me wrong, they are all important) are Proverbs chapter 2 verses 1 through 4. Because by doing what those verses say will get you to verse 5, which are the most important things for a Christian in retaining salvation. We haven’t accomplished salvation yet folks. It’s a work in progress and salvation comes at the end.
Using the first four (4) verses of chapter 2 of the Proverbs we can see the instructions on how to grow spiritually in God and by doing those things gain a different perspective … seeing the same things yet the understanding increases. Here are some examples of seeing the same thing from differing levels …
Here is a picture of the lot across from where I work … from ground level:
And the same from a little higher …
And the same from much higher (using Google Earth) …
You can see by these pictures that looking at something from ground level is much different than a much higher position … It’s the same in our spiritual lives. If we grow in our spiritual lives we will begin to see things … well … perhaps as God sees them.
Proverbs Chapter 2 verses 1 through 4 …
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
after we’ve done all those things … Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. What a wonderful result! Seeing and understanding things we see every day with much greater understanding. The reading and understanding of God’s word is much more enlightening and our soul is filled with the wisdom and knowledge that God intends for us to have.
I sincerely hope my thoughts have not been lost in the writing and I’ve been able to convey a little of what I mean. Anyway, I’m not a preacher or a skilled writer and articulating things is difficult at times. It seems the ideas or thoughts which are so real can be diminished when writing them.
Just know of a certainty that God has much more for us if we’ll just apply ourselves to His ways.