August's message

A minister was watching a football game whilst his daughter, Christy, played with a doll called Madeline (Barbie’s ugly sister!). Christy was trying to put clothes on Madeline, and got frustrated. Her Dad, Jim, said, ‘Be patient.’ So Christy picked up the doll and threw it at him. Then she picked up the bean bag she was on and threw that at him. He reacted how God would. He picked her up – gently, but strongly – and marched into the living room. Christy was saying, ‘I hate you! I’ll never speak to you again!’ Jim was thinking, ‘That’s fine.’ He put her in a chair and said, ‘Stay there.’

Jim went back to the football. After about an hour the door opened and Christy peeped round the corner. Then she walked to her Daddy, climbed into his lap and said, ‘Daddy, I’m sorry. I don’t know why I do that stuff. I love you so much.’ He hugged her and said, ‘I love you too.’ Then he prayed quietly, ‘Lord, make me like her.’

That’s repentance. That helps you stay close to God.

In 1st Corinthians 2, the bible says,

‘The person without the Spirit does not accept things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things… we have the mind of Christ.’

See that? Christians have the Spirit of God in them, and they see truth. Some years ago, I realised small print looked fuzzy. So I went to the optician for some (expensive) glasses. What happened? I noticed words I hadn’t seen before.

The bible says as you stay close to God, listen to his word and apply it to your life, you get wisdom. That lets you see the world the way it is. You see things others don’t, because you’re a believer. When we come to Christ we are given new glasses, and can discern the truth of God in a way we couldn’t before.

Some things in scripture anyone can understand, and they can be defended rationally. For instance, the resurrection of Christ. We can talk about how we know it really happened. But other things are more difficult. I’m not a political person. I try to understand both sides on issues of truth and integrity. Yet I disagree about many things. But when I’m talking to someone else who has the glasses, I understand, and we click; because we’ve both got Jesus. Something happened inside that allowed us both to see the world as lost, in need of a saviour, in need of truth. We agree on the things the glasses let us see.

When you become a Christian, a lot of good stuff happens. You are forgiven everything - past, present and future. You get a new set of clothes to wear before God: the righteousness of Christ. You’ll live forever. You’re made part of a family. We’re not wonderful. We fight a lot – like porcupines in a snowstorm trying to hug each other – but it will be the most profound, most loving family you’ve ever known: a family that tastes salt when you’re hurting.

Those things are good, but don’t forget we’re given new glasses. We see the world a different way. We’re disciples of Jesus: to feel what he feels; look through his eyes; think his thoughts after him. That’s worth having, isn’t it?


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