There are things that Jesus wants to reveal to us but we may not be ready to handle it. We as believers, church goers, are in a danger of liking only parts of God but not all of Him.
- We like to talk about the love of God without addressing the wrath of God.
- We like to talk about God’s provision but not talk about how God allows us to go through trials because He loves us.
- We want to talk about changing the world but not address how God wants to change us
Any belief in God that does not seek to understand the whole of God is just trying to encapsulate a part of God and worship a characteristic instead of the Father, Himself. You cannot put God in a box.
You cannot fully grow and mature as a disciple without being challenged, confronted, changed, stretched. Don’t believe me? Think about this:
God is more concerned with His own glory then with your personal happiness. That kinda just blows Osteen out of the water.
Peter had to learn this. In Acts 10, Peter has a vision. God gives Peter a vision of different kinds of animals that he is told to kill and eat. Peter thought that if he had eaten any of those animals that he would be unclean. So, Peter tells God that he will not eat anything that is unclean. Then God tells Peter not to call anything made by God unclean. Peter had to re-think that. He had been brought up his whole life to understand that to eat any of the animals God had shown him in the vision, would make him defiled or unclean. God challenged Peter to think differently than how Peter had been thinking his whole life.
It gets better.
Peter believed that the gospel was only for the Jews. If you were any other nationality, I guess you were just screwed. Peter knew that the Jewish people were God’s chosen people and that was that.
Two men showed up at the house where Peter was staying. They escorted him to Cornelius’ house. Peter preached the gospel and Cornelius and everybody that was in his house were saved. Gentiles? God just saved Gentiles? Peter was most likely in awe for a minute but I love what happens next. Peter wastes no time baptizing everyone that was in the house.
God had to show Peter that the gospel was not just for the Jews alone but for all people groups and nationalities. God had to show Peter that there was no person outside His reach.
We can be caught up and comfortable with a particular thought process, system, way to do ministry, perspective, view of God and we think that it is law. Tradition and the mindset of “This is the way it has always been done” can easily ensnare us and keep us trapped.
Then God just shows up and rocks our world. He challenges us and stretches us. That is a good thing.
As a disciple, you are a student of Jesus. You never arrive. You never will know it all. You never stop learning.
Let God stretch you. You may be surprised at what He wants to teach you.