Is there anything more beautiful than the night sky in the desert? Look, West Texas may not have a lot going for it in the beauty department during the day, but once the sun sets… It is one of those things that is difficult to describe until you have looked on it with your own eyes.
The Christian life may seem this way to the people of the world sometimes. It may seem like the Christian life does not really have much going for it. There are a lot of “rules” and obligations that go along with being Christian. It can look pretty barren. Until you know God the Father, experience the grace of God the Son, and hear the voice of God the Holy Spirit; then, the Christian life is full of wonder and beauty that transcends anything the world has to offer.
The problem is that unlike West Texas, you cannot take a road trip to God to experience His beauty. You can drive to the Davis Observatory and you can do a star gazing tour that will let you see the West Texas night sky in all its beauty. But where do you go to see the beauty of God? The answer is the church…Christians.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the Gospel of God” (January 31st, My Utmost…). I think we’ve made a mistake, I think that we have over emphasized education (i.e. Bible study) in the church and under emphasized the importance of proclaiming God.
Do not get me wrong, corporate Bible study is critical to our development as Christians, but I believe that the reason so many in the church have stall in their spiritual development and the reason that the world cannot see the beauty of the Father is because we have not taken up our call to proclaim the Gospel.
Look at the Great Commission, Jesus tells his followers to, “go and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18-20). Look at the conversion of Saul (Paul), “And immediate he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues…” (Acts 9:20). Is it possible that the world does not see the beauty of the Father because the only place they can go to see is our lives and we are not proclaiming the Gospel? Is it possible that the reason our faith has stalled is not a lack of education, community, the worship of our taste, or fellowship, but because we do not proclaim the Gospel of God?
I think the question is worth asking every day.