Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Words Unspoken

People tell you a lot about themselves by what they write. But this is also true about what they don’t write. You can learn what is important to them, what they value, what they dislike, what they love to discuss and what they abhor.

As I’ve begun to read some books more carefully, I’ve realized that Christian books, even books I enjoy, seem to be missing something. Something that at first glance may not seem like a big deal, but one that has major repercussions.

Many Christian books “forget” the gospel.

Perhaps it’s assumed, because I doubt it's purposeful. After all, if you are writing to a Christian audience (especially conservative Christian) you may think, “They don’t need the basics, they want to know how to do this.” How to relate to guys, how to have godly friendships, how to know when you’re ready for marriage, how courtship works, how to be a good stay-at-home daughter, how to spend your time before you marry. None of these things are inherently bad. In fact, they may be completely book worthy. In fact, I’ve read many books by various authors on these very subjects.

However, sometimes I feel like something is lacking. And quite frankly, it’s the truth of the gospel. Perhaps I do need practical ideas on how to spend my time now, as an unmarried daughter, but I also need to be reminded that the most important use of my time is developing that relationship with my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. I need be encouraged to spend time daily at His feet, worshiping Him, praying to Him, and listening to Him. Perhaps I do need to understand how I should treat my brothers in Christ, but I also need to be reminded that if I’m seeking attention from guys that means my satisfaction is not coming from Christ alone. I need to be exhorted to turn to Him. I need to know that it’s because of His death on the cross that I can find forgiveness and cleansing and new desires and power. It is by His strength that I can do what He asks of me.

You see, no matter what the subject is, there is always room for the gospel and hope that Christ alone has the answer. He gives us the right desires and the power. He alone is our portion. It’s not enough to know what I must do, I must realize that I can do nothing apart from Christ and learn to depend on Him more deeply.

So whether you’re blogging, writing an email to a friend, posting on facebook or twitter, or writing a book, remember that your words should turn others to Christ, not to a formula or an “answer” that works. Not to a legalistic list. Christ alone. Because when others find their complete satisfaction in Christ, there is freedom and joy. There is hope.

“Strengthen me to give Thee no rest until Christ shall reign supreme within me, in every thought word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the cross.” 
Valley of Vision



Bethany said...

"...when others find their complete satisfaction in Christ, there is freedom and joy. There is hope."


Hello! I am new to your blog, and I have really enjoyed looking at some of your posts! I think it's neat that some of your family members have done the Bible Bee...so have I! Where you in Nashville in November? I went as a Senior contestant, and hope to do it again this year! Are any of you participating this year?

In Christ,

P.S. I keep a blog at this place -- rejoicing-evermore.blogspot.com If you are interested in checking it out :)

Bethany said...

I'm a new follower, by the way =)

Allison said...

Hi Bethany,
Thanks for your comment! Three of my siblings are planning on participating in the Bible Bee this year. My brother Luke was in the senior division at nationals last year, and so we all went. It was fun!

Bethany said...

Hello Allison,

Thanks for replying to my comment!! Yes, Nationals was a lot of fun =) Did you ever compete? 2011 was our first year ever...and SO enjoyed it! What divisions will your siblings be in? There will be 2 seniors and 2 juniors in our family. It would be have been neat if we could have met at Nationals, but I don't believe I ever saw any of you. Maybe this year, though!

In Christ,

Allison said...

I have not competed, but Luke has competed all three years. Our family will have 2 seniors and 1 junior participating this year. :)