When I was a little girl, I used to sneak behind the couch and watch my father listen to his vinyl records. I could see my dad’s military demeanor fade as the guitar and drums peeled out from the diamond tipped phonograph needle. I couldn’t understand the lyrics and I didn’t quite grasp the power of music, but my young mind comprehended the excitement and passion my father had for Classic Rock. He loved it!
The memories I have of my father listening to music have always resonated with me. Every time I hear a Styx or Journey song, I’m connected back to my childhood. But the music didn’t leave the impression on me; my dad’s response to the music did. The joy I saw in my father’s face caused Classic Rock to be a sweet spot in my life.
Many times as a Christian, I feel like I need to have all the answers. I seek understanding so that others can come to me and find some clarity. I wrestle with eternal questions — why are we here? why did God create life? why do our eternal spirits dwell in dying bodies? — because I can’t live out my days in peace unless I know there is a larger picture to creation than my short, little life. I desire to understand the character of God, the sacrifice of Christ, the movement of the Holy Spirit and how my purpose fits into eternity.
However, I believe my answers do not have the biggest impact on people seeking understanding….my passion does. People are looking to Christians. They want to see the joy that I saw in my father’s face when he listened to music. They want to see our response to the “Good News.” Are we passionate about our God? Are we overjoyed to know Christ more? Does the Holy Spirit shine through our day to day lives? Our response will have a greater impact than our answers ever will.
“and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2.4-5 ESV).
Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth that he didn’t want his words about the Gospel to be eloquent because he wanted people’s faith to rest in God’s power, not in his human answers. God desires to give us understanding, and He encourages us to gain wisdom; but our answers will not have the biggest impact on the hearts of non-believers. However, our response to God could lodge itself so deeply into the human heart of others that they will not be able to shake it. And when the time comes when they find themselves in need of a savior, they will remember the joy, excitement and passion that they saw Christ produce in our lives.