Sitting in church I have felt the occasional elbow when the pastor says something I am “supposed” to hear. Maybe you have been the receiver, maybe you have been the giver, but the intent is still the same, “Pay attention, this message is for you.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) said that we are to be reading the Word of God as God’s Word for me. In other words, not looking for the message for someone else so you can “stick it to them”, but instead looking for how you can learn from God’s Word– allowing the Holy Spirit to poke you in the ribs where you need to work.
We have the tendency in this life to find the wrong in others with a magnifying glass and see ourselves with a blind eye. Spouses do this the most, we seem to find all the things wrong in our husbands and wives instead of striving to correct our own wrong behaviors (Matthew 7:3). We forget that we are all sinners in need of a Great Savior.
Brothers and sisters, maybe it’s time for us to stand in front of the mirror and see ourselves with the true Light and recognize what we need to work on and then put our heads down and get to work- on ourselves with Christ’s help.
We long to see the hearts around us changed because of the Love of Christ. If the vessel meant to show His Love and Grace is too busy pointing fingers and elbowing rib cages, then the lost will go in search of something else, something else.
The battle for the hearts of mankind is reaching its peak in our century. Are we going to nudge them toward Christ or away from Him with our actions?
It’s your move.