Start from the beginning. Most of us can remember struggling to tell the story of an event to our parents. In our excitement we muddled the details and became frustrated. “Honey, start from the beginning”, was the great advice from Mom!
It’s been said that life’s a circle and eventually we wind up back in the place where we started.
In 2 John, the Apostle is encouraging believers to go back to the beginning. They need to go back to the place where they first heard the Gospel and walk in that truth.
2 John 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
The simple truth of the Gospel is what put us on our journey of faith. Religion quickly burdens down that journey with the stuff we need to know that will make us, “good Christians”.
Thankfully, our salvation does not depend on the stuff. Our salvation is not at risk if we don’t know the difference between sublapsarianism and supralapsarianism… (be thankful if you don’t).
In the book of Acts Paul writes of the men of Athens and how they wearied themselves in a constant search for some new thing.
We should never stop growing in our faith through learning. But knowledge will never make us more saved. There are no upgrades to our salvation. The faith we trusted in the beginning, is the faith we need to apply in our lives today.
We just need to:
Rest In What We Know
A relentless quest for knowledge can take us further and further from true knowledge and leave us frustrated, confused and doubting. The men of Athens never seemed to stop to savor thing things they were learning.
In his book, “The God of Yes”, Jud Wilhite writes about finding joy in life by taking the time to savor the moments that bring us joy.
Can we remember the last time we just sat and savored the thought that we are eternally safe in Christ’s promises? Can we find comfort and joy in that for a moment? The next prophecy conference will wait.
Hope In What We Know
The hope of the thief on the cross did not depend on understanding the third horn of the beast in Revelation. His hope for eternity was a simple faith in the promise of Jesus that he would soon be with Him in paradise.
While knowledge helps us understand our salvation (to a finite degree), it will never influence our salvation. Like the thief on the cross, our only hope is in His promises.
Trust What We Know
To be effective Christians, we already know what we need to know. We were saved by confessing our belief that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day!
Someone who gets up from the altar and goes out to witness to his family is a great example of trusting what we know.
There is an old saying, “Evangelism is simply one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”
The error in that illustration is both the people in the story are still beggars. Evangelism is like a Prince telling a beggar how he came to be adopted by a King!
The faith that saved us is all we will ever need and the only faith we need to share!
Leave us a comment and let us know where your journey of faith began.