Stay in the Game Ministries

 

Whatever You Do...

   Don't Quit!

 

 Dear Intellectualism, the Spirit already called shotgun...

By Jon Beadle

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John 9:24-25 says,  'A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." He replied, "Whether he (Jesus) is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"'

 

 

1. Intellect: the Power and the Putrid 

 

God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His one and only Son (John 3:16). Right there it did not say that God so loved the chosen few. It did not say that God loves only the saved. It said that out of the love that God had He sent His only son to be murdered for our sake so that we could be right with God again.

 

There are a lot of questions out there and two problems arise with the answering Christians: 1) We answer out of ignorance because we don't know the Word of God, and 2) We think we are so smart (even though we are just guessing) and end up offering not truth but conjecture up to the fragile listener. One thing I have learned over the years, though not many, is that it is okay to say, "I don't know."

 

In the Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy is talking to Mr. Tumnus (the fawn) and asks a simple question about the character Asland (who represents Jesus). Lucy asks if Asland is a safe lion. To which Tumnus replies, "No! He is not safe, but he is good." How profound! We can not fully comprehend God! We can not understand why a good God would allow such suffering and yet be full of such love. There is so much complexity in God and sometimes we must come to grips with this: I don't know the answers to every question or conjecture, but I know one thing...God is good. 

 

2. Unworthy: Who I Was and Who I Am 

 

Have you ever heard anyone pray the 'unworthy' prayer? I have. It's funny when you might be praying for healing and someone pipes in with a word about how we are so unworthy and don't deserve God's love, and how we are like the dirt and are so lowly, etc. At times it even brings in doubt, i.e. "Why would God heal? I am so pathetic and don't deserve it so why have faith?". One question I have for the person that constantly prays that prayer - is your devotional time motivated by guilt or by love? (I ask myself the same question.)

 

You see, I do believe I didn't deserve grace and we did put him on that cross. But through Christ I am a new creation. The old in me is gone! Through Christ we have become worthy to receive His love! It is not a statement of pride, it's just fact. The same power that conquered the grave lives in me! And we are no longer just servants of God, but friends of God.

 

3. Violent: the Nature of God 

 

I remember when my relationship with God was beginning and I would always tell people about my walk and how violent it was. For instance I would say things like: "Today, Jesus slapped me in the face....it was awesome." I eventually saw how naive a thing that is to say. My friends don't hang with me and mid conversation give me a nice kick to the face. No way! I would promptly show them the door. 

 

The reality is that Jesus furiously loves me. He is the kindest, funniest, and most generous person I have ever met. I cannot imagine one single day without Him. He is the ultimate reason for my purpose and existence. He is lovely and when He corrects me He does it in a way that is so gentle that not even the most graceful people I know could do a better job at a calm rebuke. 

 

4. Think: We Need to Want to Understand the Nature of God 

 

I had a friend recently ask me why she was going through a "dry" season for so long with God. In other words, she was experiencing a time where she didn't "feel" anything from God so she felt disconnected. I told her she was asking the wrong question. The right question is this: Who is God? That is it ladies and gentlemen. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. We must seek Him and find out what He is like. We don't follow rules, we follow a Man...a Man whose name is Jesus.

 

I understand it's kind of a paradox to ask people to think under a blog that seems anti-intellect. This is just simply not true. I want people to think, but I don't want my mind to get in the way of a relationship with a God who is much smarter and has many things figured out already. I am simply content in not having all the answers because I know a God who is the answer.

 

Last thought - Just like the blind man I write this saying that I don't have all of the answers to every question. And I don't know a single person who has all of them either, but like scripture says...I was blind but now I see.

 


Blessings Everyone!  You are loved 'furiously' by God!!! 

Rena "Ree" Beadle
www.StayInTheGameMinistries.com
Wife of NBC's Meet Mr. Mom
Mother of 5 incredible sons