Sunday, July 13, 2008

Don't Drink the Kool Aid

I have a confession to make: I am a Bible Geek. I am the one who takes notes during Sunday School and church service. There are times when I'll actually bug my dear pastor with questions. (He's so patient and awesome -- he answers every single one and isn't a bit offended by my questions. I like that about him.)

My pastor, when he speaks, he speaks in series. He arranges his sermons in such a way that note taking is a breeze and scripture cross-reference is a snap. He words his main points in such a way that one can really understand and remember them after church is over. (How many of us leave church in the morning and by afternoon, the pastor's message is lost on us? Yeah, me too.) Not when I take notes. Not when I listen. (Imagine actually listening in church. A novel idea, eh?)

So, we've been learning about God's Will for Our Lives. Today, we learned about discerning what God's will is and what it is not. (15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Eph 5:15-17)

There are two things that God's will is not:
  1. A Feeling
  2. A Formula
We know that God's will isn't a feeling because feelings change. God's will does not. God's will will take place day by day.

We know that God's will isn't a formula because there are mistakes to be made in formulas. If we lived our life (and our salvation) according to a formula and got it wrong, we wouldn't have salvation. We would have blown our shot. But we know that our salvation is not a formula because it's open to every man, woman and child, regardless of our pasts. Moses was a murderer. Zacheus was a tax collector. In fact, try as you might, you will not find one person in the Bible who worked in God's glory who was not a sinner - except Jesus Christ. But God used everyone in the Bible, regardless of their past. God can help us too.

How many times a day do I sin? Countless. I know I don't catch them all when I confess them. But our Father is a forgiving father. Thank Him, too, because Lord knows, I don't deserve His mercy.

You can be sure of one thing about God's Will:

God's Will is Fellowship

God created Adam and Eve as people, not puppets. We have free will to make decisions. Sometimes we get it right. Sometimes we get it wrong. But aren't we glad that God is constant? Aren't we glad that God is love?