We have entered a phase of human history where the quantity of knowledge is moving faster than our ability to take it all in. Whether we like it or not we must resolve what knowledge is worth retaining, living and communicating. If we are not very good at resolving we will drown in a raging torrent of useless information.
We are not the first generation to need to resolve what is worth knowing and what is a waste of time. What is different is the power and speed of the raging torrent of knowledge. Those who do not resolve will be swept away.
The early years of the Christian church moved in a much slower time of knowledge, but a crisis of knowing still developed and one brave man named Paul said “Enough! I resolve.” Here is how he said it:
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”. I Cor. 2:1-2
Paul chose to limit his range of knowledge, life and communication in the early church to two critical areas. He resolved to only know the person of Jesus Christ and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. He resolved because He would not stand by and watch the early church drown in non-essential things while the perfect Person and perfect work of that Person went unknown.
If we take seriously the well-being of the church of today, we will be as resolute as Paul. The church is in danger of being inundated with a torrent of information loosely related to Jesus and other information that has nothing to do with Jesus.
In some parts of today’s Christianity Jesus has become nearly
invisible while at the same time the discipleship industry that claims to represent Him can’t seem to remember where they left Him in their inventory.
We need to each declare an information fast of the same kind and quality lived by the Apostle Paul. Only when we as the church of Jesus have rediscovered who He is in us and what He has done perfectly for us will we be saved from drowning in a torrent of beautifully packaged but useless information.
When we are as resolved as Paul was, we will discover as Paul had that Jesus is all.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”. Colossians 1:15-20