MESA, AZ – Jared Wilson, a 26-year-old Christian man who came to embrace the basics of Reformed theology in 2011, has come to the convicting realization that the several thousand books on God’s sovereignty that he’s bought and read again and again over the past five years have done very little to help him actually pursue the Great Commission in any kind of detail.
“Coming to understand and cherish the sovereignty of God over all things including salvation has been one of the most eye-opening, liberating, amazing and empowering things I’ve ever experienced,” explained a clearly thankful-to-God Wilson. “Seriously! Soli Deo gloria!”
“I’ve learned so much by reading and re-reading and re-re-reading many truly excellent works written by some of the most intelligent, insightful men to ever tackle the subject of God’s unstoppable purposes and supernatural, irresistible grace toward His people,” added Wilson while motioning to the mountains of books filling the plethora of bookcases dominating the living room, dining room, den, and main hallway of his humble, two bedroom home. “But at some point, we need to learn what to do after we’ve been supernaturally saved by the irresistible grace of God, right?”
“Don’t get me wrong, TULIP and basic Reformed theology stuff is a great starting point, but it’s just that: A starting point,” noted Wilson while boxing up a handful of triply redundant books on soteriology in order to make room for a new Amazon delivery of books on the eschatology and everything-touching Gospel understanding of the Puritans and Pilgrims.
“At some point, we have to move through the door of understanding God’s sovereignty and on down the path it makes available to us, you know?”
“When I first became Reformed, because of the hollowness and shallowness of what I’d come out of, I thought that TULIP was the deep end of the spiritual pool. I thought I ‘d come out of the shallow stuff and was finally diving deep when I became Reformed.”
“But that wasn’t it at all,” Wilson admitted honestly with a shrug while unpacking the Amazon box of books on how to tackle art, science, economics, business, law and education from a Christian worldview perspective. “What had actually happened, though I couldn’t see it at the time, was that I’d come in off the dry land and into the shallow end of the pool. I was really just getting started.”
“And now it’s time to go deeper.”
“Now it’s time to move on from milk to meat as described in Hebrews 5 and 6,” Wilson added happily while arranging the new books on one of his primo living room shelves. “At some point, we need to know what it means to be a disciple in detail and how to make other disciples in accordance with the Great Commission.”
“It’s pretty clear to me now that I don’t need a 3,001st book on the sovereignty of God in salvation or TULIP or the doctrines of grace.”
“I need to move on. I need to move forward. I need meat.”
“I need to ditch the all-milk diet and revise my Amazon shopping habits accordingly.”
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