- Ada, Oklahoma


June 25, 2014

Do I have to understand?

Ada — There are many examples in scripture where people were asked to do things by God without being told why. Abraham was told to go to a land that he would be shown. He was not told where. He was not told how. He was given no itinerary for his travel.

   The disciples cast their net where Jesus told them, even though they had not caught anything after a whole night of fishing, and caught a net full of fish. It didn’t have to make sense to them. They just did it. The blind man did what Jesus said, even though it must have seemed odd to go and wash mud Jesus made with spit and placed on his eyes.

Do we really have to know which one is the right one to pray to — the Father? the Son? the Holy Spirit? Do I have to understand how the three can be one? Do I have to understand how it is possible for the God of the universe to live inside me? Or what it means for His spirit to groan within me when I don’t know what to say in my prayers.

Do I have to know what faith really means? Do I have to know whether the thief on the cross did or didn’t need baptism? Must I understand whether free will or predestination is correct? Is it crucial for me to know whether the thousand year reign of Christ happens before, during, or after the Rapture? 

I think we already have enough facts to act upon. It is very clear that we are to love others in ways that are obvious and that make a difference. After all, we are clearly called to be extensions of God here on earth, and he has made it clear that He is a lover of others, and a sacrificial lover at that. (John 3:16) In defining this practical love, Jesus said that the greatest form of this love was laying down our lives for our friends. (John 15:13)

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