St. Paul's Evangelical
Free Lutheran Church
21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful
The Pastor's Thoughts
"They that imagine that they have a sufficient understanding of the Gospel have not learned the A,B,C's of it."
Carl Olaf Rossenius
Martin Luther wrote near the end of his life that he continued to be a student of the Catechism—which of course he had written. I'd like to take a moment to consider what he meant by that and what Rosenius meant in the quotation beside this article.
Many of us have mastered the things needed in our careers. We know how to do what is necessary to get the work done and to do it well. But there is virtually no job left where no new knowledge is needed to keep us up to speed. Auto mechanics now need to know about computer systems in cars. Teachers need to know about new findings in their fields. Even the farmer must keep up with everything from different strains of crops to the most recent regulations governing the use of chemicals in the fields. There are no longer any jobs where a man or woman can safely believe they know everything about their jobs.
In this respect careers are starting to catch up with the study of the Scriptures. For at no time has anyone been able to say with assurance that he or she has mastered the Word of God. It just can't be done. There is too much depth, too much meaning, too much of God in the pages of the Bible for any of us to think we know it all. And yet—how many of us are guilty of skipping our Bible study and meditation for some other activity? How many of us are guilty of simply assuming the Gospel? Far, far too many, I'm sorry to say.
Joan and I always try to pay attention to things that keep coming up in our lives, because that's one of the ways God communicates with us. One of those things that's come up around me in recent weeks is the last verse of the hymn I Love To Tell The Story where it says "I love to tell the story for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest." Think about that.
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