Serving the Unknown God , by Frederick Adetiba
While some people are satisfied playing games with their spiritual life, there are others who sincerely love God but whose spiritual development is stunted as result of deficient knowledge of the God.
If everything you know about God is what your Pastor said, without a personal relationship with Him then you do not know the God you are serving. In the day of final judgment, you will not be required to have your pastor stand next to you. It will be just you before the judgment throne of the Almighty, giving account of your sojourn on this earth. The Bible was given to guide us in life, but very few people care to read it for themselves, but would rather rely on someone else’s interpretation of it.
If every believer would pursue the knowledge of God the way we engage with our career, job and business, the Church would have made more progress in our journey back to God. We have established in previous parts of this series that our transformation is dependent on the appropriation of the knowledge of God, and this requires consistent quest. Our true identity, nature and character which we all lost as a result of the fall of the first Adam is not fully restored the moment we receive the gift of salvation. It takes a process, and most of it would remain far-fetched if we do not consistently quest for it (Jeremiah 33:3).
Some people think God stopped speaking after the Bible was written. The Bible which contains the written the word (logos) is like the onion, with many layers. The outer layers represent the ‘sincere milk’ of the word, meant for infants. As you continue to peel (appropriate the word) the outer layers, you find yourself getting into the inner layers which represent ‘solid food’, meant to bring us to maturity in God (Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Corinthians 3:2). Our access to the inner layers of the word is made possible by the continuous speaking of God to us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ told the disciples that he had many things to say to them which they could comprehend at the time, but that the Holy Spirit would be sent to lead them (including us) into those truths (John 16:12-13).
If everything you know about God is what your Pastor said, without a personal relationship with Him then you do not know the God you are serving.
Unfortunately, a lot of believers have remained as babes, consistently feeding on milk instead of desiring solid food. Imagine a baby that refuses to be weaned off the mother’s milk, or who the mother herself refuses to stop breast feeding. Such a person would certainly remain a baby irrespective of the chronological age. This is the situation of some believers today, and it is not consistent with the nature and the intent of God. Paul succinctly communicated this to the early believers when he said:
HEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God… If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching]” – Hebrews 6:1-3 (AMP).
God is helping us to understand now that there is nothing like gospel of prosperity, healing, miracles and most of what characterise popular Christianity today. Through the reformation of the Church, God is bringing correction to wrong doctrinal emphases that have plagued us for decades and slowed us down in our advancement. The Bible made mention of only one gospel, and that is the Gospel of the Kingdom. This is the gospel that Jesus Christ delivered to us (Matthew 9:35, Mark 1:14, Luke 16:16), and which will signal the closure of this age (Matthew 24:14). It is the gospel of the kingdom that exposes us to the nature and character of God, and transforms us into His image. It is this gospel prepares us to reign and rule with Christ in the coming age.
If all you are exposed to and preoccupied with is about what you can get from God in terms of prosperity, breakthroughs and miracles, then you barely know the God you are serving, and you are settling for far less of what He has in store for you. The essence of the death of Jesus Christ is for us to become like Him. This is the most beautiful and glorious phenomenon of our faith and walk with God. The glory and splendour of this earth cannot compare to the nature and character of God we have the opportunity to conform to. But as long as we remain engrossed in the fringe benefits that do not have eternal value, we will deny ourselves the opportunity to work the earth in the nature and character of God, just as Christ did.