“Those who think that they have arrived have lost their way”. Henri Nouwen.
Many people think that because of their spiritual conversion they have arrived. They assume they have the right answers and they are living on the right side of the tracks.
When did we get it in our heads that we have arrived. What made us think that way or gave us that outlook on life especially when dealing with others. When did we become “know it alls”, when in reality we know nothing in comparison to who Jesus really is.
Do we really know his heart and understand his mind, yet still live the way we do. What a misrepresentation? I often wonder how much we grieve His heart by our “know it all” attitudes when in reality we missed it and our own understanding blinds us from seeing clearly.
1 Corn 13 says: For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Even our earthly minds in the spirit on this side of eternity can’t fully contain or understand the greatness of God. Some things we just have to wait to comprehend when we are face to face to get that clear vision of God. But His example is always Love in the here and now.
I love this chapter because it should humble us. It says I can speak with tongues, I can have the gift of prophecy and understand all the mysteries and all the knowledge, I can have faith that move mountains and I can give all that I have to the poor but if I don’t have LOVE, I have NOTHING.
I have done nothing and accomplished nothing. I have not arrived, I have missed the mark, I am on the wrong side of the tracks, if I CAN’T SIMPLY LOVE in its full capacity.
So even though we have done all these things and we think we have arrived and we can’t love we have actually lost our way.
The greatest of these is LOVE, We have work to do within ourselves.