Most long term pastors learn the truth about themselves as well as the truth about the congregations over which God has placed them.
If we failed to learn the truth in college or seminary, we would learn from experience. That is, we learn it unless we are too dumb for words.
The truth about us is taught to us, if we will, in the 3rd chapter of Genesis. Adam/his God-given wife, Eve, the serpent, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God had given the couple everything you could imagine with one exclusion. The serpent approached the woman with the idea that God, being mean spirited had kept the one thing they needed from them. She bought into the wiles of the deceitful one, partook of that which was forbidden, shared with Adam, and the creation was stunned with the thud of the fall.
Here’s the lesson:
When confronted by their Creator, Adam set the tone for the rest of history. He blamed his wife and God for his weakness. People still pretty much follow the example of fallen Adam. Eve, the mother of all living, placed the blame on the serpent, like this; “The Devil made me do it!” Flip Wilson made a fortune with her verbiage.
John Jasper the ex-slave who built a church of 2500 in Richmond, Va stated concerning the fall:
“There was nothing wrong with the apple on the tree; it was that rotten pair on the ground!
People in modern society take up a lot of time trying to avoid the consequences of their choices, by placing blame on parents, teachers, the drug cartels, even the Democrats. But an acerbic writer from few generations back hit the nail on the head with this:
"If you could kick the person in the pants who caused most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit down for a month." G.K. Chesterton.
Here’s a winning plan: Accept responsibility for choices. Ask Jesus to help you. He will!
Romans 10:13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." (NKJV).
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