Did Jesus want us to actually do what He said or just memorize Him?
We make knowledge the goal these days. Know more verses. Read more books. Listen to more sermons. That’s how we measure ourselves, by how much we know. Those things are great and I’m not staying stop doing them. Knowledge is absolutely vital, but knowledge isn’t the goal.
David, Bill, and I spent the weekend in San Antonio with a friend of a friend who started an awesome church-planting network. Not even freezing rain or Baylor getting blown out put a damper on this weekend, because what we learned from Chuck and Jake rocked our world. The training packet didn’t have any big words that I didn’t understand. We didn’t probe the depths of Ephesians with an inductive Bible study. No, the take-home from the weekend much simpler than that: Do what Jesus commanded.
Here at Baylor, we tend to drift towards a Christianity that says “it’s about me.” I’m as bad as anybody with this. I think that it’s about me reading more books or memorizing more verses. Just go to another Bible study or worship night, Vince, as if that was the measure of being a disciple: know more, be smarter, show up at more things.
Who cares how many Piper books I read? Who cares how many blogs I write? Who cares how many Bible studies I go to? I’d feel kind of ridiculous sitting at the foot of God’s throne and telling Jesus all the facts I know about Him. It would seem kind of silly to spout of attendance statistics or book lists or reading plans.
Please don’t misinterpret me here. Bible studies are great, I really like John Piper books, and reading and memorizing the Word of God is incredibly important. These things inform us and sharpen us and guide us. But they aren’t the point.
It’s about actually doing what Jesus commands us to do.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15
Francis Chan puts it better than I can in this video.
If Jesus said it, we think we don’t actually have to do it, we just have to memorize it. -Francis Chan