Sometimes as Christians I think we get it a little backward. We start out on a journey to get to know God and then somewhere along the way we get off track. I’ve been so far off track in my journey at times, when I looked around wondered how did I even get here?
One way to describe my detoured journey as a Christian is to take a peek into the mind of a dyslexic. I’ve shared in the past of our daughter’s journey with dyslexia. In her tutoring sessions, I’ve learned a lot of how dyslexic mind works.
A dyslexic’s mind flips around and substitutes letters in words. They have an inability to interpret text, discern phonemes and distinct sounds represented by certain letters. Teaching a dyslexic how to read can be a difficult task. English in itself doesn’t make sense, for example, words like laugh, cough and tough. The average American is taught these words make an ‘f’ sound. When sounded out they are pronounced coff, laff, and tuff. We are taught, just ‘memorize’ these words make these sounds, just accept it. A dyslexic looks at these words and says this is a bunch tomfoolery, show me where the ‘f’ is, this is a nonsense word.
As Christians, we do the same in our own spiritual lives. We are taught something our whole lives and just accept it as true and never question if what was taught was actually true. Over time we’ve substituted and exchanged what we’ve been taught with our own formed beliefs without ever opening up the Bible to see for ourselves.
Sometimes We Get it Backwards
Our Salvation- Somehow along the way we’ve complicated salvation and made it something it’s not. We’ve made salvation about us, in how much good we do, not that Jesus died for us. There would have been no point in sending Jesus if salvation were up to us. Salvation isn’t, works + grace= salvation. It’s salvation + grace= works. No amount of good works could get us to heaven it would never be enough, God’s grace is what saved us which was paid for by the blood of Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Judgment- Dyslexics also have the inability to determine the difference between words such as live and live–same word different pronunciation. Without putting these words into a sentence, the context of their meaning is lost. The same way dyslexics interpret text, we do the same, as Christians. We interpret one piece of the Bible, without putting it into the entire context of God’s purpose. We judge those who sin pointing our finger to tell them ‘the wages of sin is death,’ when we are sinners ourself, leaving out ‘but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 6:23). There is only one judge and that is God.
Love- Ironically love in the English language is an exception word, meaning when a word has a silent ‘e’ the ‘e’ makes the vowel long like in the word cōve. Love is pronounced ‘luv’ making the vowel short, not following the silent ‘e’ rule. Love is not an exception, it’s our existence. Love may not follow all the rules but it’s our purpose. God is the creator of love. Love is God. “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love has become distorted, less about relationships more about stuff. Our world has distorted what love is veering far from God’s design, seeking to fulfill love in places where love will never be found. A life without love isn’t living life at all. If love was about being fulfilled with everything in this world, there would have been no point in sending Jesus.
English is a language that has exceptions and doesn’t follow the rules. When teaching my daughter to read I have to explain to her words ending with ‘k’ and ‘ck’ make a ‘k’ sound except for the word stomach–another exception word. But that’s just it, there’s always going to be an ever-evolving world that asks us to make an exception. That asks us to compromise our beliefs. That asks us to take the JES out of JESUS and just leave the US part, making it about US.We may have good intentions of doing something FOR God and along the way lose sight we were supposed to be doing it WITH God. This life was never meant to be lived just for US but with JESUS. Click To Tweet
So how do we break out of the dyslexia pattern?
By being equipped with God’s truth. By staying in His Word in prayer. The more we educate ourselves and spend time with God’s words the better able we can decipher what’s backward and what’s not. Even the godliest people don’t get it right. We can be encouraged, we might not always get it right, but God makes up for our shortcomings. He will set our paths straight when we trust in Him.
Can you relate?
Have you ever had a case of Christian Dyslexia?
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