Yesterday at Cornerstone Pres. we examined the first four verses of the Gospel of Luke. At first glance, these verses may not seem like much. But on closer inspection, the purpose and approach of Luke’s writing is made plain. He desires that we “…have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4).
The word certainty means “trustworthiness or assurance.” In other words, we must know that we know the things we have been taught. It is not enough to just agree with the truth of Christ objectively. He must trust in Christ personally. Our knowledge of Christ must be true knowledge, issuing forth in unreserved, childlike trust and obedience. This is vitally important to Luke, because He knows this truth: to the degree that we trust in Christ, to that degree and no more will we follow Him. And we don’t trust Christ as we ought, because we do not spiritually perceive Him as we ought. We need eyes to see, hearts to believe, and wills to obey.
How might the gap between our spiritual perception of Christ, trust in Christ, and obedience to Christ be bridged in 2012?
Toward this hope, four pastoral encouragements to you as we prepare to enter to the Gospel of Luke:
- Ask God to open your heart to Him.
- Embrace Christ as He is presented in the Scripture, not as you imagine Him to be.
- Resist the temptation to ignore or explain away the sections of Luke that make you uncomfortable.
- Prepare to have your life radically transformed.
Should God give us the grace to live these encouragements, buckle your seatbelt. It’s going to be quite a ride.
Come, Lord Jesus, come!