If your answer is ‘I don’t know’ and you’re not Jesus then I would suggest that you have a problem.
The Bible is full of language about growth, change and journeying, some examples are:
- Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12.1)
- Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3.12)
- Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12.2)
- And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3.18)
We are supposed to follow Jesus as his disciples, devoted to life long learning. Obviously we can pass on the things we have learnt to others but in doing so we must never lose sight of the reality that we too are disciples who should be trying to continually learn from and to become more like our master.
In Acts we read about Saul who lived his life fanatically trying to serve and to please God but then he had an encounter with God on the road to Damascus, he realized how wrong he had been and his life was never the same.
Once upon a time I believed that the Bible taught that women couldn’t be called by God to be Ministers and I was puzzled by the Christians who weren’t seeing what appeared to be clear in scripture. While I was studying theology I wrote a paper to show that my understanding of the Bible was right but as I engaged with the various passages at a deeper level I was shocked to realize how wrong I had been.
Once upon a time I believed that Ministers are called to primarily to build churches up but then I realized a few years ago that Jesus is building his church and that our part of this work is to make disciples. This changed the way I engaged in ministry as I started to consider how to make disciples who can then in turn make disciples rather than just trying to keep the church functioning whilst doing a bit of evangelism on the side. The realization that Sunday services shouldn’t be the only gateway to discipleship and church came as quite a shock to me but as a result of embracing this, people have come to faith and been discipled who otherwise wouldn’t have been.
Once upon a time I believed that the point of church was to primarily to equip people to live out their faith in church life but then I encountered the concept of whole life discipleship which made sense of the scriptures in a whole new way.
Cleopas and his friend met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and when reflecting on their journey with him they said ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’
I hope and pray that our hearts desire is that Jesus would open the scriptures to us and that our hearts would burn within us as he leads us through change as we grow in our faith, becoming more like him.