There wasn’t much my mother and I agreed on during my adolescence. Especially music (Yeah, I know: big surprise…). She was into lofty, classical refinements; I tended toward Four Strong Winds and Mr. Tambourine Man. So when she announced that she had bought me a ticket to a performance at the local university, I groaned and protested. With great reluctance I slumped down the dusty halls of academia, preparing to sleep my way through some tedious Elizabethan minstrels or something. But it was legendary blues great, Josh White playing! Far from being tedious, he held the audience captive with his plaintive, rich baritone voice. His soulful guitar work, replete with amazing, raspy slide licks with his leathery thumb, put the whole experience over the top. An experience I almost missed because I assumed I knew what to expect. Score one for Mother.
So frequently when I try to communicate the exhilaration and joy I’ve found in Jesus, I am met with the same indifference. Usually, I am convinced, it is because they hear the name, Jesus, and immediately associate it with dusty, boring, irrelevant religion. But I’m talking about lighting the afterburners on life and blasting into a whole different reality.
Of course, this is nothing new; you can hear a bit of similar frustration in Paul’s words:
“I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
– (Colossians 2:1)
He goes on to say that the purpose for his struggle is:
“… so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
– (Colossians 2:2b-3)
If you have kept yourself a safe distance from Jesus because of dull religious experiences (or worse), don’t let what you assume you know keep you from experiencing the “One in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!”