9 April 2010 (Sheshi/Kippur)|
Day #25, 5934 AM
Learning the Christian Life
John Holt makes the following observation:
The Christian life is no different. You don't just 'become' a Christian or go through a 'learning process' because you're learning all your life and becoming what Yahweh wants you to become by doing it. We learn throughout our lives to increase and perfect our trusting in Yah'shua our Messiah. Perfect faith does not come overnight. And we spend the rest of our lives learning His commandments and perfecting our walk in them too. We are all Christians or Messianics 'in the making'.
"Not many years ago I began to play the 'cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is 'learning to play' the 'cello. But these words carry into our minds the strange idea that there exists two very different processes: (1) learning to play the 'cello; and (2) playing the 'cello. They imply that I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on 'learning to play' until I have 'learned to play' and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way" (Chicken Soup for the Soul. Vermilion, London: 1993), p.129).
Am I a Christian? That will depend how I am trusting and whether I am responding obediently to the commandments or not and what I am doing when Yahweh takes me home.
"Who among you fears Yahweh? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of Yahweh and rely upon his Elohim" (Isa.50:10, NKJV).