What’s It All About

 

Recently I heard a claim I have heard many times before in different forms. The claim is about God or the Bible and it asserts that religion or Christianity is all about some particular aspect of worship or righteousness. That is to say the essence of Christianity finds fulfillment in this one thing. The one thing varies depending on the person making the assertion. If only it were that simple. I will give you a few examples.

 

It’s all about, “Faith.” Faith is the answer to everything. Want to please God? Faith.

Want a new car? Faith.

Want to see people saved? Faith.

Need a healing? Faith.

This particular assertion is closely related to the, “Name it and claim it” line of get rich Christianity that is popular with some people.

 

It’s all about, “Prayer.” Prayer is the answer to everything. Want to please God? Pray.

Want a new car? Pray.

Want to see people saved? Pray.

Want to see people healed? Pray.

 

It’s all about humility. It’s all about love. It’s all about truth. It’s all about? You name it.

 

I suppose if we had to name an “It’s all about” we could say it’s all about Jesus. Paul after all said, (1 Cor 2:2 NIV) For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. But even then we need much more than just that assertion. You see it’s not all about a single aspect. It’s all about all of those aspects and more, much more.

 

Is faith important? Is prayer important? Is humility important? Is love important? Is truth important? The answer to each of these questions is, yes. In 1 Cor 13:13 we read, And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Does love do away with faith and hope? Of course not!

 

We should not become one issue Christians. We need to accept the entire word of God and embrace all of it. (2 Tim 3:16-17 KJV)  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 

Now it is true that some of us have a heart for one thing more than another. This is fine and as it should be. God can use a diversity of gifts and inclinations. But the problem comes when we neglect some of the Word as if we had blinders on. We need to work together as the one body, in Christ, as we really are. There are times when the emphasis should be on truth and times when the emphasis should be on love, and times when the emphasis should be on faith or prayer. That is good and normal. A body works like that. There is a time to eat and a time to drink and a time to sleep and so forth. However, too much focus on one thing can lead to problems for the body.

 

Hebrews 11 is called the “Faith” chapter and 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the “Love” chapter. As a matter of fact if your Bible has chapter headings you will see all kinds of subjects are discussed in the Bible. There are 66 books in the Bible and nearly 1,200 chapters consisting of over 31,000 verses. In the Bible there are books of the law, books of history, books of wisdom, and books of prophecy. That’s just the Old Testament. In the New Testament we find the Gospels, early Church history, the letters of various disciples, and the Revelation of Jesus. We have a story that spans about six thousand years. That’s an awful lot of writing and an awful lot of words to dismiss with something like it’s all about, “You name it.” In (2 Tim 2:15 NIV) we are told,  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Or as King James put it, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

My point is simply this; we need to know the entire word of God. Do not over complicate it and do not over simplify it. Study it and handle it correctly, rightly divide it. We are children of God but that doesn’t mean we should be childish. We need to mature. We need to move on from milk to meat and on to the fullness of Christ

 

Being a Christian doesn’t mean you will have whatever you want in this life it means that the life you want will come to you in time if you persevere in all of the things we are told are good. Here is a good start. (Gal 5:22-25 NIV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. {24} Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. {25} Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

Well there’s another possible, “It’s all about.” {25} Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

Brothers and Sisters (Heb 6:1-2 NIV)  Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, {2} instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. What we have learned we must keep but we must also move on. There is much left to learn and to do until our Lord returns. Do not be sidetracked; do not become weary. The day of our redemption is near.