Friday, May 09, 2008

Call to Personal Growth

No one can lead others beyond the level of his or her own personal growth, and the basis for all growth is growth in the knowledge of God. Genuine knowledge of the one true God does expand, elevate and transform a life. In fact, it is so powerful that we often shrink from a true encounter with the Infinite-Personal God we have studied. One of the greatest temptations we all face is to cut God down to manageable proportions. A man named Wilbur Rees put it this way:

"I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please; not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God please." (Leadership 4, no. 1 [Winter, 1983], 107).

Resist the temptation to shrink God; let all you have learned and all that is in Scripture shape your mental picture of God, and grow in the powerful, transforming knowledge of that God.
Dr. Hammett, SEBTS, Theology 1, Spring 2008.

Here is a helpful one book of Theology every year. There are of course plenty to choose from on the issue. If you have not read Knowing God by J.I. Packer I suggest you start there. Write me if you are interested in further suggestions.

P.S. So far the education here at SEBTS has been fantastic. So from time to time I thought it would be useful to share some of the insights gained in the classroom. I hope you enjoy it and that God will use it in your life as He has in mine.

1 comment:

blackbelt_oma said...

Hi - I love this quote. I would like to link to this post sometime, if you don't mind.

God bless.