Welcome to the New Year!
As I was reflecting on this new year earlier this morning, I realized something a little bit frightening: The beginning of a new year signifies that we have less time than we started with to start living the life we wanted to live.
In other words, with another year behind us, we have less time ahead of us to allow Jesus to live and breathe in us the way He deserves to - and the way we want Him to.
I couldn't help but remember these words: "If you stopped learning today you wouldn't live long enough to put into practice all that you already know."
And it's true. The time for learning new information about Jesus is - for most of us - long over. And the time for putting into practice what we already know that Jesus commanded us to do is now at hand.
But most of us would rather continue to be Biblicists; reading and learning and studying and then re-learning and re-studying, and taking notes until Jesus comes back.
But Jesus isn't coming back for people who know stuff about Him. It's why He said: "Why do you call me 'Lord, lord' and do not do what I command?" [Luke 6:46]
It's why He also said: "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." [John 13:17]
Because what Jesus wants us to understand is that having the information about the Gospel is worthless if you do not obey the Gospel.
In other words, it's not how much information about Jesus we have. It's what we do with that information once we have it.
The great Christian philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard put it this way: