"You pore over Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me."
I've started to get more involved with my local church. Last week, I was volunteering for the production team for the youth ministry. The Youth Pastor was speaking on senior night (where they said goodbye to all the soon-to-be graduates).
The pastor said something that I really liked.
Can you guys tell the difference between a 60 year old veteran Christian who volunteered every Sunday (because he felt obligated) and a 17 year old kid who has sat at the feet of Jesus, in God's presence, for the last 8 months?
The kid looks more like Jesus.
Have you felt God's presence? Sat and been amazed by who He is--in awe of His goodness?
I'm not sure about you, but after feeling God's presence I would much rather be the 17 year old kid. But I also know what it is like to be busy and just check things off the list like the old man. I think I'm a little bit of both.
I remembered that story as I read John chapter 5 in my quiet time yesterday. I think that is kind of what Jesus was saying.
We can pore over scriptures, we can serve every Sunday, we can lead small groups, we can do all this stuff, but we're missing the mark if they don't point to HIM.
That's their only purpose--to point to Christ.
I think that if I'm not careful I will miss the mark. I will do stuff rather than do God's presence. Why seek to be Bible Geniuses if not to let Him minister to your heart to know Him better.
I love the way our Bible is timeless. In this verse, Jesus was speaking to the Jews, but today I read it as if He was speaking directly to me. Jesus was reminding us to not take him out of the equation.
My King, my Savior, my Friend, please help me keep you on the throne of my life. Reveal yourself to me, to anyone reading this, in a whole new way. Teach me how to sit in your presence. To have a passion for your Word in a way that lets me seek you, not seek knowledge. Without you at the center of my everything, everything that I do is pointless. Amen.