Yesterday Â I talked about the Bible giving us the “What” but not the “How.” You can read it...Here.
Here’s the deal. I think we as Christ followers and especially the church have moved away from owning the outcome of how we do things. If “how” we do something, doesn’t produce the “what must happen” commanded in scripture, i.e., “Go and make follwers of me everywhere.” Then we must find the right “how.”
When we know “What” we are commanded to do, and “What” must happen… isn’t happening, then our “how” is not right. But, most of us have relieved our sense of responsibility by just going down the “check list” saying, “but we are doing this and this, so we are good.”
Like a struggling husband who reads a book on marriage and the author explains “How” he saved his marriage:
Bring your wife coffee every morning
Date her once a week
Buy her flowers once a month
But the struggling husband’s wife cheats on him in 2 years, because he fails to understand “how” his wife needed to be loved. He can’t use someoneÂ else’sÂ “How!” But when a friend asks what happened, he will say “it’s not my fault, I loved her as Christ loved the Church”
I brought her coffee every morning
I dated her once a week
And, bought her flowers once a month
We are always looking for the secret formula the newest and greatest “how” to make our church grow, get our prayers answered or raising godly kids. We begin using that “how” because it was effective for someone else, but that is not our “how.” We have to pay the price for our own “how”, and that comes from feeling the “weight of the What.” The “what” God has commanded must be heavy enough to drive us to our knees!
Then, we stay on our knees! Because the “how” will change… all the time! Your “how” for raising your kids cannot be the same when they are 2, as when they are 12! The “how” is fluid andÂ constantlyÂ changing! We have to have the courage and theÂ desperationÂ to always operate in our… “Now-How.” No oneÂ else’s’s and not last years!
Will continue this Conversation tomorrow…. “You Are Poisoning People, You just Don’t Know it”
Good, good powerful word! Thanks
Thanks my dear sis!
Thanks. I enjoyed reading this article
How radically our thinking changes when we fully carry the “weight of the what”. Makes finding the right how worth whatever it takes.
Good word.. Radical Change! That is what we need, the radical change will come with that new radical “Now-How”
Isn’t it funny how we normalize our “how’s” in the church, but the how’s in the Bible aren’t. God’s how in communicating to Moses through the burning bush is never duplicated.
Ha! Love that example Larry, appreciate the add.
Great post. We need to always operate in our “Now How”.
I think it’s strange though when Christians base the infidelity of a wife on what the husband is not doing and vice versa. You CANNOT blame your wife’s frigidity in bed for your adultery. We are first of all Christians for crying out loud! Where is the commitment to Christ? Giving such examples emboldens people that feel their needs are not being met to succumb to temptation. Great post. Not to great illustration.