Pitchfork...or Catchers Mitt Religion??
We have all
been there. Been in that church service in which the
pastor was pouring out his heart. You can tell the message was from
God...but did we come properly dressed for the service?
Oh the choir has sang the right songs.. I Rather Have JESUS then silver or gold, I rather have Jesus then men's applause.
We all stood and sang.. Standing on the Promises...
Oh we could tell this service was going to be one of those exceptional ones...the ones most would know they have been with JESUS.
The soloist sang...THE LOVE OF GOD.
The pastor got up and asked us all to open our Bibles and read:
1 Cor 13:
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not LOVE, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not LOVE, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not LOVE, it profiteth me nothing.
4 LOVE suffereth long, and is kind; LOVE envieth not; LOVE vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 LOVE never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Ahhh then it becomes apparent...I worn the wrong outfit to church that day. We have all seen this in our own services. The pastor makes an especially powerful point and some look around to Mrs. Jackson or Mr. Smith with a funny little grin on their face...and we know they are thinking...MAN that was just for Mrs. Jackson or that sure must have hit Mr. Smith right between the eyes.
Yes...the item we had was a PITCHFORK. We where sitting up front ready go grab anything the pastor said and throw it back to those that NEEDED it. I have done it...and if you are honest...YOU have done it too. Hey watch out...here comes some more...lets get a load
of that and throw it back to ...a wait a moment...what was that...??
Ps 139 what was that? Oh
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
It was then that I went to the car pitchfork in hand as quietly as I could to exchange the pitchfork...for a CATCHERS MITT.
I went back in, took my seat once more...and was ready for the next one....The pastor did not disappoint me...for the next verse he asked us to read...was
41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
I was ready this time! I got the catcher mitt on and caught a heaping portion of this for ME..and I was careful not to let any of it fall .....
It was then that I was able to change the focus and hear the next part as God intended for me to hear:
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
PITCHFORK or CATCHERS MITT??
Which do you have my friend?
This message is from the ministry of Shattered Men