The recent weather has stirred a thought within me this evening, regarding our footing. Paul, the apostle writes, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure…”
Imagine, if you will, of the horror stories you have heard of where someone walks out on a pond, creek or lake when the temperatures dips below freezing. They test a few steps to see if the ice will hold their weight, if it does, off they go. They run, skate, slide and boy, they are having a good time, until….
What they don’t realize is ponds, creeks or lakes are not made for such activities. Maybe they will get away with it this time or the next, but sooner or later they are going to fall and when they do, they will sink into the icy waters below.
It’s amazing to me this evening, how this so vividly parallels that of the atmosphere of the Christian community. So many are convinced of where they stand on the Bible, a doctrine, some type of belief or conviction and they are unwilling to investigate any other way. A wise man once said to me and another preacher friend, “Wanna know what bothers me? What bothers me.” He went onto say how what he was sure of 30 years ago, he cannot fathom how he could have believed such. Furthermore, he stated that what he used to not agree with, he now is convinced is true. This not to say, AT ALL, that what you believe is wrong, rather it is to challenge you, the reader, to make sure what you believe is right and true.
Another wise man once told me when I began to preach, to write down everything I believed and then search for support of such in the Bible. If I could not find it, then trash it or at the very least keep it to myself, because it is a preference, not a bible truth. In my humble experience, many divisions in the church are NOT based upon sound biblical doctrine, but rather preferences, such as clothing, music, carpet color, how often to take communion, or how often one should attend church. On that last one, don’t you know there are only a few passages that clearly state the frequency of church attendance? For instance, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week,” but where is the passage for the midweek service, Sunday School or Sunday evening services? Are they wrong? NO! But is it right to feel like less of a Christian, because you don’t attend? Again, I will say, No!
Would to God we would be focused upon what the word of God actually says, rather than what we’d like it to say. Sure, I can quote Hebrews 10:25 with the best of them, however these days, I tend to let the Holy Spirit do his job while I meagerly attempt to do mine. For the sake of argument, it isn’t my job to make people stay in church, nor is it my job (nor is it yours) to lay a guilt trip on them by misinterpreting scripture to keep the numbers board looking good.
In conclusion, just make sure you are standing on the promises of God and I assure you He will make your footing sure. It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, especially when numbers climb and the ministry grows. Remember what it was like when you were excited to just go to church. We tend to make things more complicated than they need to be, therefore we tend to mess things up.