“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” I Peter 3:18a
Im quick to rejoice in the Cross—the forgiveness of sins, and reconciliation to God Almighty. The Gospel is an awe-inspiring thing. The curtain was torn! The insanity is that I often stand outside the Holy of Holies simply to admire the tear.
Although I’m not a fast reader, I love to read. I have a stack of books that I am either reading or eager to crack open. I like to study theology, and since the inspired Paul wrote that the Gospel was “of first importance” I have decided that my studies should reflect that.
God routinely brings my idols into the light. Idols in a Christian’s life are rarely bad things. An idol is, as Driscoll has said, “a good thing that becomes a God thing.” Theology is hardly a bad thing, but when I would rather study God than communicate with Him, I can’t help but think that my priorities are wrong. Am I loving Christology instead of Christ?
If you would rather look at a friend’s facebook page than hang out with him, there is something wrong with that relationship.
Recently while considering specifically the reconciliation that took place at the Cross, I was taken back with ironic behavior I often drift into. I will read and study books on the atonement, speak and write of the beauty of the Gospel, try to fill my head up with all the doctrines surrounding it—all the while I’m ignoring it’s point! All the historical events we call the “Gospel” happened to restore a right relationship with our creator!—we were “enemies” (Rom. 5:10), but now we are “heirs” (Rom. 8:17)! “The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matt. 27:51) allowing us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16 KJV), yet day after day I just stand outside and admire the tear. I may spend hours reading about the atonement, and only 5 minutes taking advantage of the access it gives me to my Father! This is the paradox that too often describes my Christian walk.
O God, smash my idols.