In Theory vs In Practice

Supposing We Really Found Him?

It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. ‘Look out!’ we cry, ‘it’s alive’. And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back— I would have done so myself if I could— and proceed no further with Christianity. An ‘impersonal God’— well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads— better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap— best of all. But God Himself, alive , pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband— that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (‘ Man’s search for God!’) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? —from Miracles

Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 3). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

So this was the devotion for January 1 and I’m still loving it. If you know me well, you know that I’m a big fan of Clive Staples. He may have written decades ago what applies to your life today better than most outside of the Bible. Sometimes certain points resonate louder than others.  This was one for me. I’ve been pondering on it for a while.

What does it mean when we really believe in something beyond just “in theory”? In theory, we believe God can do anything. In theory we believe He answers prayers, works miracles, and is constantly working in our lives. But do we believe it in practice? Would we pray harder? Serve better? Listen better? I’m thinking I would.

And practically, I’m thinking it would change our entire viewpoints on missions and Christian service. Yes I want to help alleviate poverty. Yes I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. But if He really is standing at our door I believe so many more of us would move from in theory to in practice regardless of the cost. Just some random thoughts of mine. What are yours?

 

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