There are things we “get” and things we don’t “get”. For some folks, taking a test in school was a dreaded, ominous event. For others of us, tests were a challenge to embrace or a chance to “show off” because it was easy. There are those to whom a piece of machinery just makes sense. The gears, levers, bearings, and circuitry make sense in their minds, while being fearsome and frightful to others. Good at math, good for you. Better at sales, a blessing on you. Excellent at details, enjoy the minutia.
A walk before God is different than that. The surrender of self before the throne of God is the same for all of us, 100% of whoever and whatever we are. It isn’t “natural” to anyone. We have a level playing field here.
Now I’m not trying to imply that such a walk is impossible to any of us, for it isn’t. It isn’t about perfection, it is yielding to be perfected. It isn’t about dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s.
Following Jesus is about a transformational relationship that moves us from self-focus to self-surrender. It is about being so overwhelmed by his sacrifice that no offering seems too great, no obedience too demanding. Keeping one’s eyes on Jesus, letting his life be our focal point, results in a life that stuns others.
But this relationship is not an intellectual exercise, reserved for the exceptionally book smart who “figure God out.” It isn’t the specialty of the more gentle, kind spirits among us. Nor are the aggressive, decisive, given advantage or disadvantage.
It is just about humbly loving a God who first loved you.