I love Arlo and Janis. Sometimes ol’ Jimmy Johnson uses Bridget and me to inspire his stuff. The above strip is a case in point. My wife will openly share just about anything with me. I, on the other hand, am not quite as forthcoming with all that I know. Truly, I don’t know why that is. I love my wife, and I love sharing stuff with her. But for whatever reason, I have a hard time telling her everything I know.
People continually say to her, “I don’t know if R.C.’s told you, but…”, and she replies, 8 times out of 10, “No, he hasn’t told me that.” (In my defense, it used to be 10 times out of 10. Also in my defense, sometimes I just haven’t had the chance yet to tell her.) As to where if people ask me if Bridget’s told me something, the answer is, 8 times out of 10, yes.
Saints, knowing our Lord (that’s the purpose of a date, right? to know someone better?) is, in its full thought, a corporate gig. How many times have we seen, heard, tasted, felt, or even smelled something of the Lord never to share it with anyone else? How many times has the Body suffered because of it? I’d bet more than you think. I’d also bet you suffer more than you think if someone else withholds valuable treasure.
That is our Lord: Treasure. When we don’t share what we know or have of the Lord, we are hording Treasure. I also wager that sharing the Lord with one another is akin to storing up treasure in Heaven. He is our treasure, and He longs to be shared. He’s certainly big enough. So much so, that I, though filled with His fullness, cannot express Him fully on my own. It takes the corporate body to do that. And when I hold out, then the Body doesn’t have the full treasure. That make sense?
So, how does this apply practically? C-o-m-m-u-n-i-c-a-t-e with your brothers and sisters. Get together throughout the week to explore our Treasure together. Text one another encouraging truths and insights about our Treasure. (e.g. “Good morning, brother so-and-so! Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, and you are a part of His visible Body! You help to make Christ visible! How cool is that?” Brother so-and-so can then reply, “Yeah, I read that!” Then I can reply, “Why didn’t you tell me about that?!”) Call each other up just to say something affirming of Christ in y’all and hang up. Leave encouraging Christ-centered notes all over someone’s car or front door. The day to day minutiae varies as much as the Lord’s saints vary. The Creator Himself resides in your spirit; tap into that unlimited Resource!
Then, when you gather with the saints, share what you’re knowing of Him with your brothers and sisters, so we can all know Him better. Turn your gatherings into one, big group date with Jesus. We all have Christ to share, so share Christ. If I share a bunch of stuff about me and what I’m going through, who are you knowing more of? Me! But I want you to know Christ! So, if I share a bunch of stuff about Him and what He’s doing, then (hopefully) you’re knowing more of Him. Savvy?
So, next time somebody starts to tell you more about your Lord, soak it up. Then pass that Treasure on!
That we may know Him!