By now, I hope that I’ve gotten your attention. You heard me right. I’ve been an idiot and if that’s not enough, chances are, so have you. Yes, you’re really going to love me after this….all four of you. (Thank you by the way. For coming here.)
Now that I’ve buttered you up, let’s get back to the subject at hand.
I’m reading a book authored by Craig Groeschel. (You can find him at www.lifechurch.tv.) You may or may not have heard of it. It’s called The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist.
The simplicity of Ps. Craig’s writing is both inspiring and at the same time gut wrenching. He cuts to the chase and dives right into the heart of the matter. Unfortunately, I have found myself to be symptomatic with every chapter that I read but am thankful that as I read, I am being changed. It’s Divine intervention, this book. My prayer has been, “Father, don’t leave me this way” and He is more than willing to answer that. He’ll even use Amazon.com to do it.
Throughout his writing, Ps. Craig will insert a scripture and then touch on the translation of a word or two. Rarely does he expound. It think it’s rather suggestive actually because he leaves it up to us to do that. To read more into what he has said. It’s the bait.
Last night as I was reading on the subject of When You Believe In God But Not In His Church, he mentions that many people don’t attend church because they don’t believe there’s any way God would work through them and their imperfections and using Peter and John for example in Acts 4:13, he makes his point. “When (the religious leaders) saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that these were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Now, I’ve highlighted the word ordinary because that’s the word that translates in the Greek idiotes, meaning unskilled or untrained. Look familiar? Our English word idiot comes from it.
Peter and John were ordinary men, no different from anyone else, except that they had been with Jesus. What transformed them from idiot to genius was a willing heart and an open mouth. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Now that’s genius!
I can’t help but be convicted of all the times I’ve been an idiot and I guess the moral of this post is simply this…
Can they see the difference in me? In us? God has made us to be anything but ordinary. Don’t be an idiot!