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Do you consider yourself a theologian? I assume not. I certainly didn’t for many years.
Looking back, however, it’s clear I didn’t understand what theology was about. I basically figured it was a holy hobby for Christian geeks. Sure, I was vaguely thankful for scholars who stroked their chins and wrote Bible commentaries, but my working assumption was that the real action in the Christian life was with the heart and the hands.
When I was a sophomore or junior in college, however, I came across a verse in the Book of Psalms that I’d never noticed before: “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them” (Ps. 111:2).
I have been reading Thomas Watson’s, the Puritan preacher, work on the Beatitudes creatively titled “The Beatitudes,” and have benefited from his insight and encouragement. I found his thoughts on the “seven demonstrations” of those who are not hungry for righteousness to be personally convicting and challenging. During those moments and seasons in my Christian journey when I have displayed greater hunger for something other than God, one or more of these statements has been true of me. Here are seven signs we are not hungering for righteousness (statements in quotations are directly from Watson though the whole outline is his as well)
The thought of reaching the world for Christ can be overwhelming. But the truth is the Lord has not called you to reach the world. For that matter, Billy Graham, the greatest Christian evangelist in the history of the church, did not reach the world. You may not reach as many people as Billy Graham did. But you can reach as many people as Graham’s parents did. They reached at least one – Billy! And the Lord used that one to reach many others.
I’m less internally defensive about the question these days, and much more circumspect. The truth is, I miss pastoring. And I don’t. That is, there are aspects of pastoral ministry only those in it get to enjoy, and I really do miss those aspects. And then there are aspects of it I definitely don’t miss. First things first: