Religious curriculum can make you numb, but Christ will give you life!

When life wearies
And overwhelms me,
A sermon series
Full of theories
Isn’t enough
To feed my soul
And make me whole.
The risen Jesus is!

Of swirling awe
Opens the way
To Experience
The incomprehensible God.

You don’t develop a relationship with Jesus by learning information about Him, but by surrendering your heart to Him. When Christianity was turned into a course — a curriculum to be taught by a Sunday classroom-style lecture — it went off course.

“Knowledge puffs up.” When we’re confident that we can explain God, we become proud like the Pharisees. To simplify and systematize God into theology that can be understood by the mind is to step away from His inexpressible glory.

Because God is incomprehensible doesn’t mean that He isn’t real. I would doubt the existence of a God I could understand and explain. God is incomprehensible, but not unexperienceable.

Christianity is Good News — proclamations to experience, not explanations to study. The living Jesus is ever-present to set you free. “Lean not on your own understanding.” To say that everything happened merely by time and chance is to grasp for an excuse to avoid the logical need for a Creator.

We can sense things that we don’t understand (such as love). Don’t reject the awareness of God because you can’t explain Him. God is incomprehensible. If you think you can explain Him, you’re unaware of His glorious majesty. The living Jesus can be pondered and experienced, but He can’t be figured out.

God’s not a subject to “study” as the word is frequently understood in the King James Bible in 2 Timothy 2:15. He’s incomprehensible! In old King James English, “study” didn’t mean to memorize information. It meant to focus on, to think about, to ponder, or to observe as in, “Let me study the plans.”

Christianity isn’t a curriculum, a course, or a classroom lecture to target the mind. It’s a calling to open up your inner most being to the risen Jesus and to “correctly handle” the revelations that God gives to you, “the word of truth.” Christ-followers are called to focus on the risen Jesus and do what He says — to be “led by the Spirit,” not by our own understanding.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” –2 Timothy 2:15 in the NIV Bible.

Love the Lord with all your mind. Go beyond critical thinking and ponder the presence of Jesus until He wondrously blows your mind. To love someone with all your mind doesn’t mean that you continually analyze and learn facts about them. It means you keep them affectionally in your thoughts. Love God that way!

“Me time” isn’t your answer. Time with the living Jesus is.

Jesus is knocking
On your heart
Seeking you.
Let your pride
Step aside
And give Him
Full access.

Beyond my mind,
Beyond my heart,
Jesus flows
From within me
Like an electric current,
From sensation
To demonstration,
From faint awareness
To gushing joy.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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