This is going to be quite a short post (for a change for me!) simply because I have been living with something I heard on TV last night at the hospice I work at. We had the popular ITV show "Dancing on Ice" on as many of the children enjoy it ... and I do too!! I was just watching it and enjoying the wonderful skating ... it must be the closest thing to flying. I would love to try it out someday. For those of you who aren't in the UK, here's a clip of my favourite couple competing.
But what grabbed me was something that Christopher Dean said to one of the contestants (Torville and Dean are helping train the celebrities). He said;
"This guy simply refuses to plateau ... each week he just keeps aiming higher and higher".
I sat there staggered. And I thought - what greater acclaim could there be made over my life and be said of me? To be sure I could refuse to plateau theologically until my library matches that of Al Mohler or R J Rushdoony. But when I finally buy and store 40, 000 books on theology about God, what then? Where then? How higher can one go? No. What I long to be said over my life is that I refuse to plateau and each week keep aiming higher and higher in relationship and encounter to God HIMSELF.
And there is PLENTY of precident in the Bible with which to aim for!
- How many of us can say with Enoch that "Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him"?
- How many of us can say with Moses that "the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend"?
- How many of us can say with the apostle Paul that "whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- such a man was caught up to the third heaven"?
- How many of us can say like the apostle John that we were somewhere and; "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet"?