In the physics of black holes there is something called the event horizon. A black hole is a phenomenon in space that is so dense in gravity that it draws everything within its influence into its vortex. All dust, stars, planets, and anything else are sucked into its gravitational pull. Nothing can escape it.
The event horizon is the point of no return when approaching a black hole. It is the precise point when you can no longer resist the gravitational pull of the densely packed space. If you stay in front of the event horizon then you can resist its gravitational pull. If you cross the line then you are warped and crushed by the effects of the black hole. What’s interesting is inside the black hole (it is theorized) is a worm hole that leads to another universe.
What does all this have to do with our Christian faith?
What is the event horizon of your faith with God? At what point are we completely sucked in by the pull of his irresistible grace (that is so Calvinistic of me!).
I think most Christians today have to deal with two event horizons. One event horizon is the pull of the great commandment: Love God with all your soul, heart, and strength. Then the other event horizon is the pull of our culture, which does not have a natural propensity for Godliness. The black hole of our culture glorifies sexual immorality, getting ahead at the expense of others, seeking pleasure/comfort over character, and of course, the pursuit of the almighty dollar over the almighty God.
Some people have passed the event horizon on both sides and each one has their own wormhole that leads to a way of life. Scripturally speaking, people who pass the event horizon on God’s black hole will experience a new world that is characterized by faith, hope, unconditional love, peace, kindness, joy, and self-control. Those who pass the event horizon on our culture’s side will pass through a wormhole that leads to selfishness, pride, rage, impurity, witchcraft, selfish ambition, drunkenness, sexual immorality, and hatred. (I know once you are in a black hole you cannot escape it. Scripturally speaking though, one can be pulled out of the world’s blackhole through the forgiveness of Christ).
Most Christians, in America at least, don’t pass the event horizon on either side. Instead they play in that area in the middle where they are pulled both ways every day. Back and forth they go between Godliness and the pull of our culture, seeking what will work for them. Christians that do this have not completely bought into the God system of doing life. These Christians are continually like waves of the sea, continually blown and shaped by the wind. By the way, we usually associate Christians that have passed the event horizon of God’s pull as a bit looney. We associate fanatical Christians this with the Robert Tilton’s of the world (Or pick your favorite looney TV preacher) and this is hardly the truth. The Christians who have passed the event horizon of God are much more like Jesus than Robert Tilton! I think this false mythology about what it means to be a completely committed Christian keeps many of us from going all out. On the other hand, people who have passed the event horizon on the culture’s side are not likable people. They are hard to live with. They are selfish and live their own ambition. Their appetite is their stomach and they live foolish lives that hurt others.
Please note: God has called us follow him with ALL of our soul, heart and mind. In other words we are compelled to pass the event horizon of God’s black hole and allow God to “spaghetti-fie” us into something new and wonderful as we enter into his wormhole.
So, here is the question: What does it take to pass the event horizon of God’s black hole so we can enjoy everything He has prepared for us? Well, once you pass the event horizon you don’t have to do anything to be pulled into the black hole. Its gravity will do all the work. All you do is enjoy the ride.
The same is true with heavenly Father. The Bible has a word for passing God’s event horizon- surrender. All we have to do is surrender to him. We surrender our heart, soul, and mind to him. This is how we love the Lord with complete passion. We surrender to him. Listen to this verse, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)