Most of us who know Jesus long for the “more” of God in our personal and corporate lives.
We long for “more” of His presence and “more” of His power. We yearn to see “more” of His righteousness in our nation and “more” of His healing power in times of need. We ache to see “more” people coming to faith in Christ.
But don’t we we also want to cherry-pick what He says? Why else do we condone remarriage after divorce or female elders in church governance or homosexual men (and women) leading congregations, for example?
Do we reach these kind of decisions because we really believe this is what God says to be true or is it because we have allowed culture to define and direct a “progressive” theology that is really no theology at all?
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions
~ 2 Timothy 4:3
Often, this impotence in Christian experience is directly due to our personal and corporate decisions that conflict with our surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
And yet we pray for “more”.
The “more” of His power and the “more” of our faithfulness to His word are hand in hand.
Let us repent where we need to repent. And may we be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who,
“…were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.”