Think about it! You go to church on Sunday, go through the whole week indulging in your own secret sins and forgetting practically everything the preacher said—except the jokes; and come back the next week to listen to another sermon you will forget weeks later. Truth be told, this does happen to a lot of Christians…so the question is: what’s the point of Christianity?
One day in church, I stopped to ponder on the reasons many people attended church: I mean why do you—if you are a professing Christian—attend church? Why do you believe in Jesus when you have probably never seen Him or had an encounter and even if you have, how many people know about your experience? What is your proof of Jesus: a bible story or a real experience you have had? Do you just attend church because you are okay with the teachings of Jesus, or because it’s a pit stop in your race of life? Do you accept the fact that you are saved because it consoles you whenever you fall or because you know what you are saved from?
What’s the point?
Another day in church, I pondered over this: I asked: why am I in church, what has the story of Moses, David and so forth got to do with me? Think about it what has the Bible got to do with you? Do you understand it? Do you read it because you are told it’s the Word of God? Do you read it? Let’s be honest with each other. What really makes you a Christian and why do you bother to be one? Have you ever deeply thought about this?
Now let me share something with you. You see, the truth is, till you first become a son of God (See Luke 20:36, John 1:12, Romans 8:14-19, Galatians 3:26) and find your place in His Kingdom, you are never going to fully make sense of His word—and your connection to it.
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (John 14:17).
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).
God’s word is the truth and the only way you can be guided into this truth is by the power and help of the Holy Ghost. You see, any one can pick up the bible and try to make an argument out of it. The bible is the best selling book of all time, atheists own copies and so do muslims and occultists; but then it takes the Spirit of truth to guide a person into the Word. Think about it, if the Pharisees—whom Jesus referred to as children of the devil (See John 8:44)—knew that killing Jesus will lead to the destruction of the works of the devil (See 1 Corinthians 2:8), would they have killed Him? No! Even after years of interpretation, no one could see the mystery unfolding right before them besides they that knew the Spirit of truth. So the question is, how well acquainted are you with the Spirit of truth?
Memorising bible verses is as easy to some as learning a beautiful song; but trust me, you can know a thousand verses, and find yourself in a Buddhist temple surrounded by a thousand people chanting and have no idea about what to do; what salvation is; why the good happy people you’re seeing aren’t saved and all that because, you have lost that connection: that spark, your sense of purpose in His Kingdom, that lets you know what your role and calling is. This happened to me…I will be honest.
So what exactly is our role in God’s kingdom? Is it to win souls? Is it to share tracts or offer free food to hungry folk; to heal the sick and raise the dead? Why did Jesus come, leave and send us the Holy Spirit? Why did Jesus say:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
And secondly what did Jesus mean by this: “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of” in the anecdote below?
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village (Luke 9:54-56).
Have you every wondered what it means to be born again? When the bible says we are born again of the Word (See 1 Peter 1:23) what does this mean? What does the bible mean by anyone in Christ is a new creature and that the old things are gone and that all things are new (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)? What did God mean by He will place His Spirit within us (See Ezekiel 36:26) and what is this Spirit? And most of all how does this connect to what Jesus said above in Luke 9:56?
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).
In 1 John 4:8, we are told that God is love, and thus whoever is born of God loves and that he who can’t love does not know God. This is worth thinking about especially if we should all ponder on the number of hurtful things we have said and done to people ever since we made a confession or claimed to be of God. Back to the subject of love: it takes this love—this Spirit—working within us, to cause us to yearn for the power to bring about change. It takes love to stir up the spiritual gifts we received from God after being baptised by the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12). Without love, your gifts don’t mean a thing to the world and you cannot be of benefit to God’s kingdom (1 Corinthians 13). It’s only when we allow God to enable us to walk in love that we can begin to make sense of our purpose as children of God.
Love causes us to see beyond denominational boundaries, beyond religious walls, beyond race, beyond a person’s past; love opens up the heart of another person so that we, having our eyes opened, clearly see what they need to be saved from. It’s at this point, when our eyes have been opened, that the bible becomes to us not just a “historical” book but one of power, a map, a torch in a dark world in search of the Light (See Matthew 13:13-15, Luke 19:42, John 1:5).
In John 14:26, Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes He would remind us of all that He said. But wait, if the bible is here with us why would we need to be reminded of what Jesus said? Think about it! Why do we need to be reminded? Jesus is the Word of God, and what the Holy Spirit did and is doing is to decode the Word of God to us: this is what Jesus also meant when He said the Holy Spirit will testify of Him (See John 15:26). So I ask one more time, what’s the point of Christianity? But then again, if you really think about it, this is the wrong question to ask: for God didn’t state Christianity in the book of Genesis. Jesus never spoke about Christianity and even in His letter to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation (See Revelation 1:17-3:22), He never spoke or addressed Christianity. What He did was to rebuke sons of God who had forgotten—in His words from the anecdote in Luke 9:54-56—what manner of spirit they had within them. For you see, when you understand the manner of spirit that God has placed within you—after you became born again, your eyes will be opened to see the path that has been set before you.