Today, I continue pondering what it means to be a Christian. Jesus professed the truth, and yet there are many ways people interpret that truth. Paul was very stern in his letters when he talked about sticking to the message that was preached. Even in the beginning, there were splinter groups. So, how do we know what is truth?
The Bible tells us that the truth, the law, is written in our hearts. For the Israelites, the heart had a different meaning than it does today. For us, it is about that place from where love flows. For them, it had more the context of what we consider the responsibilities of the brain. It was the place from where wisdom flows. It was the place for thought and reason. (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church).
I would suggest that none of us have a full understanding of Jesus’ truth. It is great to go and hear a bunch of people weigh in on what they think God has revealed in their hearts. Then, being Christian is about being in a relationship. A relationship requires two-way conversation. God can speak through others. He does speak through others.
More importantly, God dwells within you. He longs to share himself with you. He longs to reveal to you the secrets of the universe. All you need to do is spend regular time in prayer, in silent prayer where you go to that Jewish place of wisdom and discernment. Spend some time being open to what he has to say. Trust me. You will learn things you didn’t want to know about yourself, but you will also learn a lot of things about God’s plan for our generation; God’s plans for you.
God does not speak in words so much as he places things in your interior. In some regards, you will learn what he has spoken to you when it comes out in a journal entry or in a conversation with someone. You will just all of a sudden realize that the wisdom you just received was not of your own doing. It is a scary journey. We humans love to be in control, and when we enter into this dialogue with God, we have to surrender that control. At the same time, the journey is amazing. It is the journey that will lead us past all of our vices, and into the Kingdom of God, which exists and is (imperfectly) present today.
Spend some time today entering into a dialogue with your creator. He loves you more than you will ever know. His love is beyond our comprehension, and is vastly outside of our understanding of love. Let him whisper true wisdom to you. Let him unveil what is hidden deep within. Let him show you what your entire being wishes to know.