Be Still Know
1 Peter 1:13 NLT
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control.
Thinking right has been of fascination to the Church from the moment of its birth at Pentecost. Right thinking has produced the richness of Christian Orthodoxy established through tradition, scripture and the teaching developed by the Church over many centuries. However, it has also bred at times a mean-spirited approach that looks to exclude brothers and sisters from the Church, without appropriate dialogue together. It is this blend of faith and reason that is essential for a strong and vibrant Church.
We face a time in which many drift away from church from their mid-teens. There are a number of reasons, but among them maybe the fact that faith has based itself largely upon experience in recent years, ahead of reason.
Peter reminds us that an essential element of our discipleship is to prepare our minds. We have to know God as much as feel God. God is both first cause and final end. Reason can establish the reality of the Trinitarian God. Yet, amazingly, God is also knowable through relationship. However, not to understand who God is and how the gospel engages with our ever-changing social context is a failure to serve God’s call to go and make disciples of all nations.
It is a discipline to discover how the truth of the Bible is a relevant and essential word for a secularised, fragmenting world. Are you in danger of longing for another meeting where you can retreat and indulge your own worship-style preferences, yet struggle to communicate the substance and relevance of the gospel to your children, neighbours and colleagues?
Jesus compels us to go out into the byways with a message of hope and help to a lost generation. Such a generation is looking for both an explanation of the love of God as well as the warm embrace of acceptance. Engage your mind in understanding this great historic faith of ours. We need to ensure we have the answers to their many questions and so demonstrate God makes sense today as he has done through the centuries.
QUESTION: Is your knowledge of God based more on experience or reason?
PRAYER: Father, help me know you and love you with all my mind as well as my heart and soul.