We live in the age of technology, where information is readily available at every turn. Anything one desires to know, can be found today in books, online (the web), on landlines, on cell waves, etc. We can become informed on any subject, at any time, almost anywhere we happen to be if we so desire. From the first beat of our heart, we start obtaining information and the process will not stop until our heart beats its last. We call this process maturing, in which maturity is measured by the amount of information we gather and how well we are able to process it and apply it to our lives. I have found in my life thus far that I don’t always agree with everything I hear but I most always learn something eventful from disagreeing with it. Because it causes me to open my mind, search my heart, check my belief system, and grow my knowledge base to increase my level of wisdom toward any subject. As recorded in Matthew 7:8 (NLT), For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
It would be wonderful to say that sticking points don’t happen, however, that is not true, and neither are the positive results that should occur. Many will become stuck on sticking points because they will not put in the effort to get beyond them. One of the ruts I became stuck in for a long time was life and death. A regarded genius of the science community once said, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail." My pastor at the time said, “humans are created to serve and succeed for all eternity.” I struggled with these simple polar opposite opinions until I became weary enough to commit to giving it the time and effort that would be required to satisfy my heart and mind. Which by the way is separated by a mere 12 to 14 inches and yet as short as that sounds it is the determining factor for all eternity. Matthew 22:37-38 (NLT), Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
For example, early on I accepted a personal quest on the subject of life which started out with me asking myself this question. What is the purpose of death if it merely means life shall vanish forever? Where in lies its reason? This thought actually degrades life to that of a paper drinking cup, no matter how it’s used it is ultimately thrown away in the end. Our total life existence becomes little more than a fling or a flash-in-the-pan experience of enjoyable letdowns containing no value. When in fact God has given life, an inconceivable value that the world continues to squander and undermine in spite of its extremely short span on planet earth. The world brings people to the door of no hope, rhyme, or reason for living because they see nothing at the end “but the end” and there are times when nothing is much more appealing than what one feels their facing. Sadly, many Christians choose to do nothing when doing nothing just isn’t enough! In light of my quest, I chose to believe in a living God, life after death, heaven, and hell. I was not created to be thrown away or discarded like a paper drinking cup. I was created to please God in His service of serving mankind. Matthew 22:39 (NLT), A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Once we learn how to love, with God’s love, life is given a miraculous significance with unmeasurable value!
Back to my point. We cannot ignore sticking points because they will haunt us to death. We must find the fortitude to seek out help in overcoming whatever it is before we become stuck. Far too many Christians are stuck on something today and it is hindering their spiritual growth. Many of us have been hurt by a church because we became stuck on something said or something done and never bothered to seek the truths that may be involved. Far too many are stuck where they are because they seek confirmation through people who are stuck on the same platform, instead of seeking the guidance of Jesus. We all find sticking points, especially with speakers whose words can become confusing, and we often disagree but we don’t get stuck! We seek Jesus to guide our path and wise counsel from spiritual elders, in search of a resolution God has for us. Always remember, it’s never bad to question the sticking points because getting stuck is so much worse than doing nothing, and doing nothing is never enough!
My prayer this week is from 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT), “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Lord grant us the desire to see the world through the eyes of your love and give us a vision of our eternity that may help keep us from getting stuck. Amen
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