17 SEPTEMBER 2017
There is an "ice breaker" we often use
to introduce people and establish rapport during
training events. Each attendee is asked to share
something about themselves that no one else knows.
For example I might offer, "I play the baritone
horn. It has been over fifty years since I performed
in public, but I still enjoy playing it at home."
As a follow up, I am often asked how long it takes
to learn to play a musical instrument, like the
baritone. My response is the same as what might
be said about Olympic athletes. It takes roughly
6,000 hours to master such a skill. Now, I am not
an "Olympic" level musician. I never put
in the time and effort it takes to become one. But
I do have enough skill to enjoy the baritone at
Most recipients of this Reflection are students
of NationsUniversity. They have an intent to become
knowledgeable in the area of Biblical Studies, perhaps
even becoming a Biblical scholar. How long will
it take to achieve "Olympic" proficiency
in this "skill"? Perhaps 6,000 hours?
At one hour a day that works out to roughly 16 years!
Fortunately, man's relationship with God is not
based solely on a comprehensive knowledge of the
Bible. Restoration of one's relationship with God
does not require a 6,000 hour apprenticeship. It
strikes me that while there is the "fast track"
to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, there
is also an ongoing path to a deeper level of "holiness".
Yes, most of us believe the Bible teaches that we
are saved by grace through faith in Jesus; but on
another level "truly seeking God" is not
a static process. A deeper sense of "holiness"
evolves as we are transformed over time into an
awareness of our true selves, the image of God,
and begin to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit in
our daily lives. So one might say there is an initial
"faith", longer term Biblical "scholarship",
and ultimately a more fully transformed, holy life.
And yes, in the end the process probably does take
Where are you in the journey? Perhaps you are beginning
with a simple inquisitiveness about God and spirituality.
Or are you already seriously studying the Bible
as a means to sharing the "gospel" with
others. Perhaps you have been on the journey for
many years and can now see the fruit of the Spirit
blossoming forth in your life. Or perhaps you started
on the journey but have fallen off the path. In
any case we can all choose to (re)dedicate ourselves
to the process with the goal of becoming even more
skilled in the "spiritual arts".
And by the way, I recently joined a "community
band" and performed publically after 53 years
of playing the baritone privately at home!
Blessings and peace in the coming week,