Mid Week Meditation

Mid Week Meditation - March 5, 2018

Submitted on: March 5, 2019

Based on Biblical Text: Luke 24:49

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

When something is broken, our natural inclination is to fix it as soon as possible. Our wish is for everything to work, exactly like we want it to work. We intend for everything to be what we want it to be, and we want what we want now.

We often find ourselves in trouble when we jump in too quickly with our fix. We employ our fix sometimes before we figure out the cost and how we are going to pay for it. We oft times jump the gun before we have time to plan. In sports “jumping the gun” is penalized and sometimes referred to as false start. Every false start creates a handicap somehow. False starts can occur in the church too.

The Apostle Paul warned that the Old Testament Jews had a “zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2). He cautioned that folk in the church were establishing their own ideas about righteousness, instead of teaching about the righteousness of God. He advised that false teachings were causing major problems in the new Christian church. There was confusion about the need for circumcision, what meats to eat and even about whether the correct day of worship was the Sabbath Day or the Lord’s Day.

The problem was that when folk got confused they gave up and just returned to what they used to do. In other words, confusion was causing many Jews to give up and return to their Old Testament beliefs.

Confusion can cause similar problems in our churches today. People join the church fired up and excited. The excitement is palpable, almost uncontainable. But then we witness the false start as folk take off running prior to realizing what it is God is telling them to do. Folk are running full speed before they have had the chance to learn and grow not having any idea where they are headed. Well intended folk run out right into a wall of misunderstanding and confusion. Unfortunately, many times their false start is catastrophic.

Folk who started out hot are now cold. Folk who began the race on fire are now just lukewarm because they have fallen out of love with God before they have had a chance to really fall in love with God.

Paul warned not to appoint people to the ministry before God has a chance to season them. Paul knew that novice (beginner or trainee) workers could very well be motivated by pride rather than purpose and be more likely to suffer the consequences of a false start.

Thus we are challenged to move our membership to be motivated by purpose. Then we feed because people are hungry, evangelize because people need to know the Lord and shine our lights because too many of our people are wandering in the dark.

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