Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I met a friend of mine for coffee this week. He and I have not hung out for a long time so it was really cool to catch up on all that is going on in his life. And man, there is a lot going on in his life!
He is about 10 years older than me and a lot of fun to be around. He is a self described "questioner." He loves to ask questions. He questions everything, even himself. Not in a bad way, but in a genuine, considering, learning kind of way. He has always challenged me in many ways and has helped me get out of my comfort zone and think hard about my life and ministry.
He is also a learner. He loves to read and study. He studies a lot. He is always searching, investigating, learning, and discovering.
Something he said while we sipped our coffee really stuck with me. He told me that as he has studied the Bible something interesting and unexpected has happened. While the goal of his study was to gain insight so he could teach others, he instead discovered God in an entirely new way. In his attempt to gain information and share it with others, he fell deeper in love with God. His entire outlook on God, ministry, and life has changed. He sees God in a deeper, more intimate way and it has changed the way he lives. He has, in his own words, gone from being self seeking to a committed servant of others. His relationship with his family, coworkers, friends, and even strangers has taken a major turn.
As he told me all about what is happening in his life, I literally got goose bumps. I caught myself with a silly grin on my face and almost giggling. I reached over and touched his arm, looked him in the eye and said, "I am so excited for you! I can't wait to see how God leads you and where He takes you in this new adventure in your life!"
So What? Our walk with God is not about how much information we take in. It is all about how much deeper in love with God we become. When we truly fall deeply in love with Him, our outlook on life changes in dramatic fashion. We no longer think only of ourselves and how we can benefit from our knowledge of God, we begin to look at others and become interested in them. We desire that they truly enjoy the life God has for them and we seek ways to empower them to enjoy that life. We want what's best for others.
Seems that I remember reading something about that somewhere...
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Philippians 2:4 NLT