Tuesday, March 5

Wisdom and Our Hearts: Lessons from the Fool

Well readers, I have not abandoned you (although you might have thought so). This term has been extremely busy but also very rewarding because I have been given many opportunities in school and chances to serve in the Church as a children's Bible class teacher. I don't regret any of these, but as many of you know, one of my biggest problems is...you've guessed it! TIME MANAGEMENT! Anyone else the same way? Add that together with some serious writers block, and you have a no-go on the blog.

But, in the new Bible study class I'm taking, we've been learning about how to take each opportunity you are given to evangelize. This might be something I am even worse at because I am a very frightened people person (hence, reaching the world one blog post at a time). It feels almost unnatural to me to walk up to a person and begin to mention God in any capacity. Will they hate me forever after this? Will they find it funny in some way? What should I say? I still have to see this person every day...what's going to change if I bring up something so BIG in my life but might be a mockery to them? Questions, questions, questions that only bring rise to more doubt and eventual guilt that I don't do more for my Lord than I do.

So what's your point? Is this a guilt trip post, and you're trying to drag us along? Why, yes! Yes, it is!

This is my chance to rebuke myself and let you all know that you are not the only one afraid to speak to others...and at the same time, light a fire underneath you and motivate you to "go YE therefore, and teach all nations..." (Matthew 28:19). Yes, this applies to all of us, including myself, including you. Are you up to par on the going part of this command? I know I'm not, and I'm ashamed.

God tells us plainly through the writings of the psalmist: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God..." Psalm 53:1. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, I'm not denying God. I always believe in God with all my heart. I'm simply trying not to offend anyone. Reality check for us all: the scriptures deal with this too!

Mat 15:12Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Mat 15:13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Mat 15:14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Mat 15:15Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
Mat 15:16And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
Mat 15:17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
Mat 15:18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Mat 15:19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
           Mat 15:20
           These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Jesus spoke some hard things in this chapter to the Pharisees about choosing traditions of men over God's commands. These words can ring true to each of us that choose to not offend men over fulfilling a command of God. We need to be fearless, just as our Lord, if we want to be effective and obedient disciples to Him. Luckily for us, God gave us the answer to this problem in the verses above. It is the heart that will affect the actions of a man. Our heart, just like a fool's, can condemn us because we choose not to give it entirely over to God in service! Our hearts, and thus our very LIVES, cry out that we don't know God, that there IS no God! What a disservice we do to Christianity and the Lord's Church the world over when we choose to deny Him in actions and conversations. God wants us to be leaders to those who are blind to Him (vs. 14), but if we are too concerned with offending, we have already given our hearts to men instead of to the glory of God.

Where is your heart right this second? Are you afraid, like me? Even apathetic? Well, there's one thing I know of that will help each of us: prayer. Jesus told his disciples after seeing the multitudes that were following him, " The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest," (Matthew 9:37-38). God is letting us know that there are many things we can do, if only we will do just that: pray and serve! It's time for us to declare God with our actions instead of telling the world they don't need to know God, as we do through our actions. 

Here's a challenge that will get you thinking on how to start this: make sure to mention God once a day every day for a week. If you do this already, try to tell others about Him even more. Now, you don't have to set up a study with this person, or bring up a controversial subject. The challenge is just to mention Him somehow. He deserves at least that from us His creation. Maybe tell a friend how prayer helped you get through a trial during your week. Or tell them why you do not follow after their ways because you choose to do what God commands instead. Any way you prefer, make sure to mention Him. You'll be suprised at the feedback you'll recieve. Oftentimes, people are a little interested and might even share a similar story with you. Don't be afraid; fill your heart with love for serving God and dedicating your life (thoughts, actions, and words) to obeying His will.

Remember: "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love," (1 John 4:17-18).

Give your heart to God and His love so you may be bold both now and in judgment because you will know you have served Him with ALL your heart as a wise servant who declares, "There is a God!"