Mastering the Details

Nerds get caught up in minutiae, because there is a tremendous and fulfilling sense of control in understanding every single detail of a thing more than any other living creature.” –Chris Hardwick

It’s kind of cool to be the expert on something. To have an intimate and exhaustive knowledge that is translated from your passion on a subject is one of the purest definitions of being a geek. I know that every time a Marvel movie comes out, I will have friends texting me or coming up to me at church saying “Please explain the post credits scene to me,” and I am always happy to oblige. I know a lot about comic books. People know that I know a lot about comic books. It’s just the information ecosystem I live in. I know video games… in fact, while I sit writing this my son came to me asking how to solve a puzzle in the Super Nintendo game A Link to the Past. My expertise on these things is a matter of record, and although occasionally I get more credit than I deserve, sometimes I even surprise myself on the amount of (worthless?) knowledge I have retained.

I would hope that as a believer, however, I demonstrate more than just nerdy knowledge, video game codes and Pokemon names. I want to know God’s Word and make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I want to know the person of Jesus so that I can emulate Him in my words and my deeds. I would hope that I also demonstrate my fair share of the fruits of the Spirit. My goal as an ambassador of Jesus Christ is that when those around me are perplexed, I might be an example of peace. When they feel frustrated, I might be an inspiration for patience. When people see in this world cruelty, they might see in my life and the lives of other believers love, kindness and goodness.

Our function as Christians is to master the details of Christ-like living. When those around us have questions I want to be prepared with an answer, gently given and faithfully lived. It’s easy to label yourself a Christ follower, but going to church once a week doesn’t make you an expert any more than those who saw Avengers once in the theater are comic book nerds. It takes time, effort, and application. It takes living it out. It takes being a true believer. When you do those things, those around you will see, and when they are in need of someone to show them the way, they’ll know who to call. It’s on us to be ready, in season and out of season.

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