A devotional thought from Christian George for “Trusting the God Who Speaks”
So here’s the thing about zombies: Even though they appear to be alive, they’re really brain-dead. Sure, their bodies can move, but their minds are utterly useless.
God does not want us to be zombies. He does not want us to respond only to stimuli or correction. The psalmist wrote, “Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle” (Ps. 32:9). Instead, God calls us to be thinking, living Christians who set our minds “on what is above” (Col. 3:2).
If our knowledge of God’s Word remains only in our brains, it becomes as useless as a zombie’s brain. God intends for information to lead to transformation—and then to proclamation. Why? Because a correct knowledge of God and His Word always affects the heart. It affects that part of us that beats and feels and hurts and longs.
Doctors say that once something goes to the heart, it enters the bloodstream and then circulates throughout the whole body. The same is true with faith. Once we put our trust in Christ, once He becomes the object of our affection, the gospel circulates throughout our whole lives. It affects our heads, lips, hands, and feet. It affects our attitudes, ambitions, passions, and dreams. God doesn’t want part of you, He wants all of you. The gospel gives us a craving for knowledge about God, a hunger for holiness through Him, and a passion to reach a dark and dying world with the penetrating light and life of His love.
Pause and Reflect
• What are some practical ways you can seek to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” (Matt. 22:37) when it comes to your time, finances, friendships, and commitments? How does this commandment affect your selection of friends?
• How does knowledge of God’s Word transform our lives? In what ways can we put on display the transformative power of the gospel?