Book Club Boredom
"But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-walk!" And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God." Acts 3:6-8 NASB
Scripture really gets lost in the weeds sometimes. I remember reading the Bible as young kid and not understanding a bit of it and wondering why we had so many copies of this dumb fiction book. But now, I read the same passages and literally get goosebumps and have my heart tingle over the joy I feel. This definitely happened with Acts 3 today.
In my almost 6 years of Christianity, I have probably read this passage hundreds and hundreds of times but have never stopped to think about what it was trying to show. Literally, my only thought about the passage has been considering the miracles of the Apostles and the theological implications of that to modern Christians. I have taken this wonderful example of God's power to humans of the time and placed myself in front of that. I have taken this party that God has built for us and turned it into a book club talking about the nuances of the author's use of verb tenses.
While I don't think this is a widespread problem, in my circle of friends it definitely pops up. In typical human fashion, we have twisted the Gospel of Christ into some type of legalistic conversation. When I think about how my relationship with Christ started, I am glad that I have grown overall and feel closer to Him because of that, but ultimately the spark has faded. That joy of knowing I'm about to start worship and prayer doesn't exist anymore. I'm in a situation where I'm in front of a congregational setting in corporate worship four times a week and it annoys me!
This idea also expands to my future. I get so worried about jobs and family and trying to balance it all, but I know, based on past situations, that none of that matters in the will of God. He has a plan and I'm worrying about mine, the one that has no weight in the Kingdom.
I pray that you find the joy that the beggar had. I pray I have the same. God forbid we ever forget the treasure we have been given through Christ (2 Tim 1:14). You are redeemed! Against all cosmic and rational sense, the God of the universe has decided to place you and me, the lowly sinners, under the crowns of His righteousness. Praise Him!
“How disappointing would it be to get to heaven and find out God created life to be enjoyed, while all we did was worry?” || Donald Miller