“If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”-John 13:17
My best friend in college would often say, “I thought about it,” his typical response when pressed to share whether he had asked somebody on a date. After telling me about a potential love interest, I would say, “You should ask her out.” Inevitably, his response would come: “I thought about it.”
As we have been discussing, Jesus came as Lord, but also teacher. He did not come to merely download “Jesus 101” into their brains, he came to show them how to live.
In the past decade or two, the Internet has allowed a resurgent interest in theology with women and men reading Calvin, Spurgeon, and even Augustine. They fill their heads with quotes and strongly held convictions. I speak as an insider. Yet too often, we amateur theologians fail to put into practice what we have learned. What happens when there are large heads on weak bodies? We topple over. Jesus was essentially saying to those of us who want to follow him, “Okay great, you know my message, but do not just keep it in your head. Live a life of love.” Serve one another out of the abundance of your heart.
Jesus, strengthen my hands, my feet, my back, and my heart for the battle you have called me to enter. I am prone to archiving theological knowledge that goes nowhere. Make me one who lives out what I believe, in your Spirit. Amen.