Blogging has its good points as well as its bad points. It is good that I can share my heart with anyone interesting in reading my words, on social media. However, it can also be bad that anyone can read my heart's thoughts on social media and use my words to misunderstand me. So, this morning, getting prepared to leave for our church service, I was thinking....a dangerous thing!
I was thinking that for my entire ministry I have spent most of my time swimming upstream! I always seem to swim against the status quo. I don't do this on purpose, because, in all honesty, I'd much rather swim down the stream with everyone else. I know that my life would have been much simpler had I chosen to go with the current instead of against it. Who knows, by now I might be retired, with a cushy retirement package from some large church somewhere? Maybe, just maybe, that might be the case! But, no...not me! I constantly see things that the majority cannot seem to see or comprehend.
Here is an example: Several years ago, Corinne and I began to read our Bibles from an entirely new point of view, one that we had never seen before. Instead of understanding that we as Christians must do a lot of things to please God, we saw that He is already pleased with us because of what Christ did on the cross. Now, this is just scratching the surface as our Bibles became entirely new books! Those words were already there, but we had never seen them, or understood them properly before. I thought that the people of our church would really be excited about what we began teaching them. Many were and their lives, like ours, were completely transformed. Yet, there were others that thought that we had lost our minds and left our church, many shouting, "heretics" loudly while leaving. Talk about hurt! Here we were sharing such good news and not only was our message shot down, but we were personally shot down as well.
I have something burning within me that can transform the world, at least I wish to reach our county with it, but it seems that most wish to swim down the river of religion instead of taking a little effort, and swim upstream into God's grace and freedom. I continue to scratch my head in not understanding this!
However, I will never go back to the old ways! I'm preaching on Psalm 51 this morning. You know the one, where David cries out to God, "Create in me a clean heart, Oh Lord, etc." That's religion's cry while they swim on down the stream. Not me though...I'm swimming up that river, crying out...THANK YOU LORD, FOR YOU HAVE CREATED WITHIN ME A CLEAN HEART!"
That's my story and I'm sticking with it!
Grace and peace upon you, this Sunday morning!