An Accurate Understanding Is Important

It is reported that in 2012 a mid-level Taliban commander walked up to an United States Army checkpoint in Afghanistan presenting himself for a $100.00 “award.” For proof he was carrying a “wanted” poster with his name and picture on it. The poster was advertising a “reward.”

As ridiculous as that sounds, it is reported to be true. It is not any more ridiculous, perhaps not as ridiculous as an emotionally charged disciple who has not really checked in with God’s instruction (the Bible) about God’s expectations. This person may flit around constructing his/her own list of what God surely must want. The apostle Paul said the Hebrew people, his kinsmen, were doing that back in his day.

“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness” (Romans 10:1-3 NIV).

Being “All In” as a follower of Jesus is more than zeal. It is also more than knowledge. It is a living out of both: zeal driven by understanding what the Creator of the Universe wants from His servants. Admittedly, it is a constant evaluation, adjustment, re-evaluation process.

That Taliban commander, Mohammed Ashan, would have done well to check his understanding of the poster before becoming a prisoner instead of a “winner” of $100. You and I will do well to stay busy working on our understanding of God’s Word as we zealously go about doing “good works that He afore prepared” (Ephesians 2:10).

It is time consuming, but that should be no deterrent for someone who is “All In.”

photo credit: Checkpoint security via photopin (license)

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