Ruminations: Reflections In The Midst Of The Journey is a selection of my writings that I’ve written over the last four years, most of which have appeared here on the blog, and edited into book form. I’m very proud of the way this collection came together, and excited to share it with you. If you would like to grab a copy of the book you can find it over on Amazon, the links are below.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us..that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you…” (1 John 1:1-3 ESV)
In a world full of competing world views, philosophies, and religions, Christianity is sometimes lumped together as just one more point of view set forth in a world full of ideas. Even Christians sometimes fall into this trap. We walk around touting the superiority of our religion like we’re sports fans who follow the winning team. I think we sometimes forget though, the Bible isn’t simply a book touting a particular way in which to see the world…though I suppose this is part of it. The Bible isn’t simply a book that poses one more theory of how the world works best…though this too is part of it.
The Bible isn’t simply a book of ideas about the world around us…The Bible is a book about a person. The Apostle John makes that clear in the first 3 verses his first epistle. The Apostle John goes out of his way to explain that he saw Jesus with his eyes, he heard Jesus with his ears, he touched Jesus with his hands.
John wasn’t just putting forth ideas and philosophies…John was talking about a real person at a real place and time who accomplished a real salvation for a really sinful people. John wasn’t arguing logic…John was talking about life. Life made manifest amongst us in the person of Jesus Christ. God who took on human flesh, who lived and walked amongst us…
The Bible isn’t some abstract book of principles. The Bible is a a history book about a historical person. The Bible is a book about Jesus. The Bible is a book about life.
Those of us today who find ourselves talking about the Bible, and proclaiming the beauties of Christ can’t say as John did that we’ve physically seen Christ or touched Him. But we can testify to the very real life that he’s given us. We mustn’t fall into the trap of simply arguing ideas and logic. We’ve never beheld the incarnation of Christ with our eyes, but through the testimony of the Scriptures and the miraculous work of the Spirit, the life of Jesus is manifested in us…and in a very real way Jesus is incarnated in our lives. Through us, the body of Christ, the life of Jesus is given flesh and blood to do his work and proclaim his Gospel…
To be continued…
It has been quite a while since I’ve blogged. It’s a bit strange. Over the past several months I believe that God has given me more insight into things than I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever. Several times I’ve said, “I need to blog about this.” But it just didn’t happen. Even if I sat down to blog, I just felt like I shouldn’t…or couldn’t.
I wonder if God was just telling me to shut up. Shut up and listen. I’m not very good at that. Even though I wasn’t blogging, I don’t know that I was doing a very good job of shutting up. Insights that I believe God was giving me…I didn’t write them…I didn’t even apply many of them. I thought about them. Pondered them. Wondered. Then moved on.
Life has been happening. At a frightening pace. Perhaps busyness was the main reason for the silence. Either way, God has been teaching me. I know it. I hope I’ve been learning. I hope I’ll be changed. I hope I’m changing. I would love to slow down. I don’t know how. I’m learning.
I feel free to write again. I think I do. Perhaps I’ve learned more than I think. I’m still learning, this I do know. Grace is unstoppable. This is a fact. This is exciting. Something new is happening. This blog will be different. My writing will be different. My life is changing. Forever changing. This is good, and scary. Exciting. A journey that is not exciting is hardly worth taking. I’m excited about the new journey. But then again, I guess it has always been the same journey. Maybe now I just have a better idea of where I’m going…or at least how to get there.