God is not uneducated.
“Well of course He isn’t,” you may be thinking, “He is the creator of the universe. He’s intelligent.”
If you really think that, stop living like you don’t. Stop acting like you have it all figured out, stop making your own plans for everything, and stop using God as a means to reach your ends.
It’s like G.K. Chesterton said:
“Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship.”
By thinking to ourselves that we are the ones in charge we have placed ourselves on a pedestal. We are disillusioned idolaters who have begun to use the Creator of the entire universe as a stepping stool that we only ever seek out when the going gets tough.
I feel like I’m preaching to the choir here, but I guess that’s kind of the point.
We get caught up in arguing over petty discrepancies that do nothing to change our eternal destination and only serve to create dissent, but we miss the point of the commission that is sitting in front of our eyes:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20
Maybe if we spent a little less time worrying about becoming “relevant” and a little more time loving, God would make a difference.
Maybe if we put a little more care into our listening, God would win them over.
Maybe if we thought of people not as “projects” to convert but as people, God would make His workings evident to us.
We are more similar to each other than we realize. All it took was a Wednesday night, surrounded by a group of people who love and trust each other, for me to remember that.
Maybe if we remembered that we all have struggles and are all subject to the temptations of our humanity, Christians would no longer be associated with hate, bigotry, and hypocrisy.
Maybe if we stopped trying to look perfect the true work of Christ would be revealed.
And maybe, just maybe, if we took ourselves out of the equation and no longer pretended to be the kings and queens of our infinitesimally small worlds, God could work through us.
“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” -I Timothy 1:6
Our charge is the Great Commission. This love is to spring forth from hearts that have been transfigured by our faith in the redeeming power of Jesus the Christ on the cross. Nothing will change if we think we can do it on our own, but a difference will be made if we just give up and let go.
Because God is not uneducated, He knows what He’s doing.