Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Random Thoughts from a Scattered Mind

Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Where does this statement fall into the Love thy neighbor category? It seems harsh. But, if you take into consideration the Whole council of God, it seems logical.

The first commandment is this “Love God with all your heart, mind, body and spirit.” What the world may perceive as ‘hatred’ for dad, mom, sis, bro, etc is an all encompassing love for God. All others take 2nd place to the One who was, is and is to come.

But I sometimes wonder. I listen to people. The Word of God, Christ Himself, takes second place to our feelings and wants. Christ is not in our hearts. Everything else is in our hearts. Everything else takes precedence over Jesus. What’s convenient is more important than what is Truth. Not looking like a fundamentalist is more important than Truth. Heck, even religion can be more important to people than Jesus.

Ray Comfort once quoted someone, I’m not sure who, but he said, “The fool has more questions than the wise man has time to answer.” I’ve met people that just ask questions. It doesn’t matter if you have a valid answer, or any answer. They will always have questions. People question Christ because of “all the evidence for evolution.” What evidence? The “evidence” has either been forgeries, or can be explained in the light of creation. There comes a time when you have to stop and say, “This is what I believe. This is what I put my faith in.” You either trust in the Word of God, or you don’t. Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been trying to cast doubt upon the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

I saw an article the other day where the Vatican has declared that we must trust science over the Word of God, because, they say, if you don’t, you risk becoming a “fundamentalist.” Gasp! Besides, they continue, there is proof for evolution. Oh yeah. Who says? Scientists? Didn't scientists convince the church that the earth was flat, contrary to what the Word of God says? And now Christians are refered to mockingly as "flat earthers." I wonder what the Vatican would say to the Institute for Creation Research scientists. I wonder what the Vatican would say to the Intelligent Design scientists.

This came on the heals of the Catholic church saying that you can’t trust everything you read in the Word of God. If that’s true, why trust any of it? Why trust them for that matter?

A friend told me of a conversation he had with another Christian. They both were looking up at the stars and one asked, “Do you think there is life out there?” My friend responded, “I just don’t know.” Valid answer. Then it came to my mind that a better response to a question like that is, “I don’t know, but how does that help me to love you better?” If we find out there is life on other planets, how does that help us to feed the poor? How does that help us to visit the widows and orphans? How does that help us to clothe the naked?” I don’t mean to set up rules. Love needs no rules. Love just does.

Why do we as a people think of the less important things, new car, new boat, bigger house, and miss the important things? We assuage our guilt for not being around by buying things for our kids. As was once said, “That which we strive to attain, we strive to maintain.” So a new car, house, boat, or stuff requires more time at work, less time at home. Sometimes our kids just want us to take time and pick them up and throw them in the air.

The world looks at a small house, an old car, no Xbox, no large screen tv, no sauna or pool and think this person isn’t very successful. Even some in the ‘church’ are falling prey to the “healthy, wealthy and wise” doctrine, while ignoring the Word of God that states, “Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him?” James 2:5 Hmmm… “…them that love Him.”

Love God first and above all. All else will fall into place. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”


Carrie said...

You know, you are so crazy. And I love that about you. It is nice to know that I'm not alone.
Two, the 'Car' quote has now confirmed what I already knew: I am foolish. Good thing Jesus loves fools too.
I have been so guilty of what you are saying for so long. To support my foolish claim, it has taken me years (+20) to understand, or appreciate the simplicity in Christ. It is so easy (not that life is easy, just Him in me.) I tell people that He carries my heart. Do you know how light the load of life is when God of the universe holds your heart?
Ok, just rambling now. I just wish now that I am "getting it" better, and actually experiencing the "rest" that Jesus promised us, I wish I could share that with EVERYONE! Know what I mean?


DJ GlenMC said...

There was a song by Michael Card that said, "So we follow God's Own Fool, for only the foolish can tell and believe the unbelievable, come be a fool as well."
I love that song. I'd rather be a fool for Jesus than wise by the world's standards.
Blessings and Grace,

Carrie said...

AHH..I love that. I would love to get that song.

JesusBmyKing said...

It is very difficult to explain the unexplainable. When the Holy Spirit teaches the unknowable riches of Christ in a language that is not our own, it is a challenge to put what we learn into English. Sometime I feel like John or Daniel must have when they received revelation from God. How to communicate this most awesome thing??

How do you speak to someone's heart the Love of God? How do you communicate effectively the reality and beauty of living with Jesus? All we can do is live out our life with Christ and allow the world and the saints to see the reality that is Christ in me. The Spirit is the only one to give personal understanding.

Zephaniah 3:9 "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord to serve Him with one accord." The Lord is speaking to those who will survive "The Great Day of the Lord" but He also spoke to my heart with this verse. All of us that are waiting on Him and living actively with Him and hearing His words are given a pure language. It is not a language that translates into English very well, but it is pure and unique.

Some great words that I received from God this morning...

1 Samuel 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for a man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Philippians 3:7-8 “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

All the things of this world are of no value when set next to Jesus. He is the value, He is the reason, He is the source, He is the purpose, He is the LORD. As Jesus looks at our heart (not seeing as the world sees) and as we look into His heart, the “stuff” of this world looses its hold on us. We truly are given a new heart, a new identity, a new life.