Necessary Innovation?

“Why Be You when you can be New?” [Robots, the movie]

We are always tempted with the new and the innovative, even in ministry. (One time even hymnals were cutting edge!)

Some ministry leaders listening to Jesus asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” (John 7:15–18).
– Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

The very creator of the universe, the originator of new out of nothing, the source of all inspiration says he only passes on what has been given to him. Jesus is not aiming for originality or a fresh approach. He is not giving a new teaching. He is not convey something of his own devising.

Rather the Word of God the Christ is passing on what is bestowed to him. Why? Because Jesus is not about his own prestige or glory. He is pointing to the Father.

Perhaps we should recognize that the temptation to come up with our own unique word or teaching is not inspired, but that Satan tempts us to be “new” and innovative.

Rather we are encouraged by the Spirit to rest in Christ, be content to be who we are in Christ and simply share what God is doing in us.

PRAYER: Heavenly LORD, help us to rest in your revealed Word which is far more innovative and creative and life-changing than any “new word” we devise. Help us to delight in seeking your glory and honor by letting your revealed word shine with the light of Truth, in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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