Friday, 5 October 2012

Be Careful What You Ask For

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

I tend to be fairly judgmental, critical, and impatient just to name a few flaws.  I am a firm believer that every sermon should include an application, i.e. as a result of God’s Word what is it He would have me do? 

As a result of the message I heard yesterday, I am not quite as keen about having an application as part of the sermon.  The primary reason is that the sermon was directed at me personally.  The pastor had the audacity to suggest that I am (at least at times) a “dysfunctional Christian”. As my father used to say, “I resemble that remark.”

The man in the pulpit was a guest pastor, one I am hoping will not return, particularly if he is going to assassinate other non-Christian personality traits that I am holding on to.

His sermon was aimed at those of us who allow life’s circumstances to negatively affect the way we respond.  As my wife knows all too well I have a “thing” about people I call clueless.  When translated it means they are not living their life according to my rules.  For example the person who is so busy on their cell phone that they just walk out in front of an on-coming car, assuming that a phone to their ear gives them the right of way.  I can easily go on a tirade when attempting to use a website that is less than friendly.  I have this goofy notion that if you are trying to sell something to the general public that your website should be user friendly.  And speaking of websites reminds me that my computer and I are at war, it seems to have a mind of its own.  It only works when it chooses to.  Then there are the four television remotes that I need so that I can turn on the set, another to change channels and control the volume, still another to use the DVD player and finally a fourth if I want to access Netflix.  Isn’t this asking a bit much for someone who is mechanically challenged?

I think if God were to send me a personal e-mail covering my impatience and critical nature He might say, “Suck it up butter-cup.  I am sending you these challenges to teach you to be more patient, more tolerant and more understanding. For I have sent to you my Son who has given you every spiritual blessing.  So quit your whining and complaining.  Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit, apply it!”

 

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