A newspaper reporter once asked the great German theologian Karl Barth to summarize the Christian faith for him. Barth thought for a moment and then quoted, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” How simple! How profound! Simple enough for anyone to come to faith in Jesus. Profound enough to take a lifetime to understand.
But we’re not called to stay in the kindergarten of faith. R.C. Sproul once was issued the following challenge by an astronomer: “Isn’t it true that all I need to know to be a Christian is ‘Jesus loves me this I know’? Sproul declared that he would agree to that only if the astronomer would likewise agree to the following statement: “All that I need to know to be an astronomer is ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.’” Obviously there is more to astronomy than just one nursery rhyme.
And so it is with knowing God. Paul says that presenting the good news includes giving instruction for the purpose of gaining maturity “teaching everyone with all wisdom.”
What are you doing to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus? How consistent are you?
Father, knowing you want growth, I commit myself to spending more time with you, your Word, and your people. Amen.