Are you an expert?

In today’s world we are constantly bombarded by the “expert” opinions of this panel or that scientist. We erect colleges, bestow degrees, acquire years of experience all in the name of knowledge. People dedicate their entire lives to the studying of a thing, and for this they become respected, renowned, and even revered.

In all this, do we examine our limitedness? Do we even know that much? What is the wisdom of the wisest man compared to God? What is the knowledge of the most astute intellectual compared to God? We scoff a the experts of  20 years past, and they scoff at those 20 years more. We seek after knowledge, and we do find it, but does our search ever bring us to truth, or simply another facet of man’s ever shifting flawed perspective on the world?

There was a man who was a leader of the Pharisees who visited Jesus by night. He wanted to learn from Christ so that He could find truth. At one point in the conversation, Jesus exclaims, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”

Nicodemus was the expert of his day. He was in charge of the religious system, and He didn’t know some basic spiritual ideas. Jesus even chided him for rejecting the testimony of people who had spoke of Jesus’ ministry’s power saying, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” John 3:12

The idea that I’m trying to share, is that no matter how much you have studied, or learned, or how you may be at the forefront of your field, there is always more to learn, and there is always someone to learn from. Nicodemus was an expert, and compared to the wisdom of Christ, he didn’t know very  much at all.

In 1 Corinthians 8, we are told, “Knowledge puffeth up,” When we are rich in earthly knowledge, it can become easy to be enticed by pride. We become so involved in our good opinion of ourselves we forget the God who deserves all the praise and honor and glory.

I would invite you, no matter how much you may be an ‘expert’ don’t allow your experience, knowledge, or education to bring you to pride. You may know much compared to those around you, but you know nothing compared to an all wise God. Remember that.

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Nicodemus saw the witness

Have you ever seen the impossible? Maybe you were at a magic show, or a fair? Someone ate fire or they sawed a woman in half? A bunny disappeared and then reappeared? We know these acts to be fabricated and only slight of hand, but what if you saw such a thing that was undeniably genuine?

The wonder. The questioning. The demand for answers.

These are all feelings I believe you would feel. This is exactly how Christians should make the world feel. In John 3, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus. The first thing he says to Christ is this, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

Nicodemus saw what Christ had done. He knew the miracles were real. He wanted to know. Wanted to understand. He was looking for answers.

As followers of Christ, we are to inspire the same feelings in people around us. We may or may not work miracles, but our testimony and character should inspire wonder and questioning in the heart of unbelievers.

“How are they so calm when they are in so much trouble financially? What do you mean God will take care of you?”

“How can you go on happy when you have such a terrible disease? What do you mean you’re not afraid of death?”

“How can you speak so kindly of such a horrible person? What do you mean God wants you to love your enemies?”

These are the types of questions that the world will ask when Christians live in accordance to God’s Word. This is the types of questions they will ask YOU when you live fully believing God and His Word!

I challenge you, develop a heavenly mindset. Live in faith and live knowing that God is real and His promises are sure. Your lifestyle and attitudes may do more to attract people to Christ than your actions will ever do.

When Nicodemus spoke to Jesus, he didn’t ask a question. But the Bible says that “Jesus answered and said . . .” And then Jesus told Nicodemus the gospel. When you live in a way that shows God’s power, people will have questions they may never ask. But you will be able to give them the answer- Jesus.

 

Everybody loves treasure!

Imagine someone finding a treasure map. The paper is cracked and aged. The writing is faded and worn. The map has been creased so many times that it is almost torn straight through. The person examines it closely, leans in to decipher the ancient lettering and then they straighten up, toss the map aside and say, “I don’t get it.” They walk away and leave the unknown treasures for someone else to find.

We would think that person to be foolish. I would have been better however, if they had spent time trying to understand. If they had applied themselves and wanted to understand. If you had found a real treasure map, I’m sure that you would take the time to understand. And so would I, because in the end there is reward.

How foolish is that person who would throw away treasure simply because they did not take the time to  understand the map. How foolish are we, when we read a scripture that is not easily understood, and do not take the time to allow God to show us it’s meaning.

In John 3, Nicodemus came to Jesus. He didn’t get it. And he asked questions. He wanted to understand. He desired to know what Jesus meant. Jesus explained himself to Nicodemus. He made the truth very plain. In fact, John 3:16 is part of that explanation.

God wants you to understand His Word. If you don’t get it, ask Him to explain himself to you. Don’t harden your heart and live without the riches of the wisdom of God. Just like Nicodemus, God is willing to explain His Word to you. Won’t you take the time and ask Him to explain it? There is a reward for understanding God’s word.

“If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:4-6