My granddaughter Stella has a Mr. Potato Head toy.
If you have not seen one, it is a plastic replica of the vegetable with little pieces like eyes, glasses, hats, shoes, hands, etc., that you can insert into the little holes in the plastic potato. There is even a Mrs. Potato Head.
Now, when I was a kid, we used to use actual potatoes! That’s right—real spuds that we would decorate with the little hats, eyes, etc.
Needless to say, after a while you would need a new potato, as the old one would start to smell a bit.
To have even more fun, don’t put the little accessories where they are supposed to go. In other words, put the arm where the hat should go, the eyes where the arm goes—you get the idea.
Then your little creation looks more customized, instead of the generic version that everyone else has. Of course, it also looks dysfunctional.
Some people treat their faith this way. Not content to follow what the Bible teaches, they want to change things up a bit. This is usually due to being uncomfortable with certain biblical teachings that are at conflict with what the person wants to do.
So they play “spiritual Mr. Potato Head” and put things in the wrong places as it pleases them. But true Christianity doesn’t work that way. God has everything in its proper place.
There is no randomness with God. No mood swings. If He says something is right, it is. In the same way, if He says something is wrong, it is.
Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14 NIV). In other words, it is not for us to pick and choose the commandments of God that personally appeal to us and cast the other ones aside. Those parameters, those absolutes are there for our own good.
If God says to do it, it is for our good. If He says to not do it, that also is for our good.
The Bible says, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV). So I suggest you live the Christian life the way God intended it—not your own customized version. Ultimately, you will be very pleased with the results.
The Bible tells us that, one day, all Christians will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. Don’t let that frighten you, because this particular judgment happens in heaven, which means you made it!Beware of Snakes!
Have you ever seen a baby rattlesnake? They are actually kind of cute. Everything is miniaturized. They get that menacing look on their face, bare their fangs, and shake that rattler, warning you of impending doom.Suffering as Preparation Maybe the Lord is allowing you to go through some difficult circumstances today to prepare you for something He wants you to do tomorrow. I realize that thought might not comfort you very much in your present distress. You may be thinking, “No, this suffering doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s meaningless. There’s no point to it.”
The Lord warned us that we may be mistreated for our faith. How do we bounce back? Friday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie offers biblical encouragement. We’ll learn some practical lessons from a study in the book of Nehemiah.All Sermons by Greg Laurie