By Phyllis Kardatzke Miller
When a person is confronted with the claims of Jesus on his life, he makes a choice—he either accepts or rejects. There is no gray area in between of “tabling for future reference.” After seeing there is one way (and a very narrow way it is!), the person who understands that God is calling him to repentance and consciously takes the truth “under advisement” is choosing not to believe, and seeking his own approach to God.
Why then have we exalted the seeker? What virtue is there in seeking when you have seen the truth and refused to accept? We who are followers of Jesus are many times guilty of sitting by and watching our unsaved friends attempt to intellectualize their search for God and, by our silence, congratulate them on their sifting, sorting, and relating.
Does this mean we’re all going to be carbon-copied converts? No! God will speak to us in different ways—but it will always be the same voice! He will accept us where we are on a strictly individual basis, but it will always be the same way; by humbling ourselves as repentant sinners before the cross of Jesus Christ and accepting, as a free gift, his way.
The way to God is singular but the ways to serve him are as varied as the countless thousands who accept him. If God is given first your life and then your searching spirit, he will lead you into discoveries about himself that will keep you seeking more of him the rest of your life. There is no danger in seeking after the commitment has been made. It is his desire, yes, his.
What intellectual freedom awaits a Christian who has given his mind over to the greatest teacher of all, the Holy Spirit! He will lead you into all truth and replace the unsettled, rebellious mind with a joyous quest for knowledge that will never be satisfied this side of heaven.
Shortly after my conversion at the age of thirty, I was asked by a friend, “Don’t you feel bound in your thinking now? Aren’t you afraid to think and use your mind?”
Bound! Before I met Jesus I was bound, unbelievably a slave to my evil thoughts and phony living. Now I am truly free for the first time in my life: free to think, to search, and actually tap the Source of all wisdom.
Phyllis Kardatzke Miller left a beautiful, indelible mark on society through excellence in nursing. Daughter of the beloved Anderson University (then College) professor, Dr. Carl Kardatzke, Phyllis was also a regular contributor to Vital Christianity. This article was originally published in the September 30, 1973, issue of Vital Christianity. Republished by permission. Across the United States and around the world, God is on the move in the Church of God. Join the movement. Give life! Donate today at give.jesusisthesubject.org.