Not Mr. Know-it-all

The preacher at my church is tremendous.  His messages are always poignant, relevant and based on scripture.  This past Sunday was no exceptions.

The basis for his message was 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 and spiritual maturity.

No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness; and again, The Lord knows that the reasonings of the wise are meaningless. So no one should boast in human leaders, for everything is yours —

1 Corinthians 3:18-21

I would not do the great message justice, even in summary, but I will share the final takeaway:

Be content to know that you’ll never know it all and to belong to Christ is enough.

That statement hit me right where I blog and answered a question I have been struggling with since I started this whole thing on January 1st of this year.  ‘What do I hope to get out of doing this and what is in fact my outcome goal.’  Its been just process goals so far. And I realized that is okay.

I can best explain by comparing with my other goal of improving my fitness.  I am not preparing for a race or a competition, but just to be in better shape.  And I don’t just exercise just once or just for a week or so and call it a day.  ‘Hey, did that run. I am now in shape.’ That would be ridiculous and we all know it doesn’t work like that.  I keep up my fitness because it is good for me.  Good for my body and good for my brain.  I am trying maintain (and maybe up my physical abilities a little bit) and promote lifelong fitness.  It is about the journey.

The same can be said for my spiritual fitness.  Just because I go to church or have read the Bible cover to cover once  does not mean I’m done.  Its something I need to do everyday.  And I have to be okay with the fact that I will never know it all.  The journey is the rewarding part and the not the goal or finish line.  I belong to Christ and that is enough.  I don’t have to be Mr. Know-it-all.

Knowing that and sitting with it has given me a renewed motivation and freed me to just enjoy the interactions I have with God’s word each day.

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