Further in and higher up

What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” Luke 11:52

Jesus removed responsibility for entering His Kingdom from legalistic religious experts and put it squarely in the hands of individual seekers. If we are “phoning it in” intellectually in areas of spiritual knowledge, if we are simply resting on the assumptions of previous generations of religious experts or blindly following the teachings a particular Christian leader, then we are voluntarily handing over the keys to knowledge. Seeking doesn’t end with belief in Christ. His Kingdom is deep and vast and He invites us to explore it with Him.

Lord, take me “further in and higher up”* your Kingdom.

*C.S. Lewis  in The Last Battle.