Hurts too much to laugh…

Lisa from Deo Volente wrote this comment on Hard Truth and I think it’s important so I’m interrupting my much interrupted study of Mark to take a look at it for a bit.

I made sort of a smart alec remark about how ‘pressing on’ in the world is something you do when you want to watch TV. She wrote:

“That was actually quite hilarious… in a sadly true kind of way.”

And she’s right. I am continually amazed, well and saddened, at how folks I know in the church consider making it to church reasonably on time to be ‘pressing on’. They think finding a pair of hose without a runner or having a preacher that preaches twenty minute sermons a blessing. They praise the Lord—something we should do in all things, to be sure—when church is over in time for them to catch the game. Seriously, I know folks like this. The sad part is that these things are all they’ve been given to wrestle with, I think, because the Lord knows that’s all they can handle. (I’m pretty grateful that he doesn’t think I’m any tougher than this, actually, but anyway…)

I taught a series once on Ephesians 1 one time and when we got down to this:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:3-4 )

…and they weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Not just the part about being chosen ‘in him before the foundation of the world’. Election and predestination and all of that wasn’t even on the Southern Baptist radar at that point. They were more concerned with the blessing part. I said, “How many is ‘every’?” They still didn’t get it. I said ‘every’ is ‘all’ of them. All the spiritual blessings ‘in Christ’—EVERY is like ALL the blessings.

After many ‘yeah buts’ and someone attempting to veer off into charismata—just about got bogged down there—what I told them is that maybe we should try to do more with what we’ve got. Which is, in a sense, everything.

If you had everything what could you do with it?

If you’re a Christian and you really want to know get busy because you HAVE ‘every spiritual blessing’ in Christ.

I don’t know, about you all but I’m not very good about it either. I’ve got ‘every’ blessing too and I don’t do nearly what I could.

Think about that one for a while would you? I can’t say it pleases the Father.


4 responses to “Hurts too much to laugh…

  1. Go as you are but don’t go drunk and at least try to make it to church on more than one occasion as Easter is to most.

  2. Actually the ideal is to be a part of a local church where, as a believer, you can experience the discipline and fellowship of being around other Christians. Easter Lilly, and Poinsettia jokes aside, I have been in the position where you don’t feel like you can go or won’t go to church when you need to do so and it’s a tough spot.

  3. Hey… good stuff here!!!

  4. Coming from you Lisa thats high praise. Thanks for dropping by.

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