Proverbs 14:4-7 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
I heard a man once say, “It’s not really church that I don’t like, it’s all the people!” If we all told the truth, there are times when we all might feel the same way. Sometimes to the point of making us not want to go to church at all.
We start thinking of the one person who always says something that rubs us the wrong way, or the one who makes too much noise during the service. Then there’s all those babies crying in the nursery, and I can hear them during the preaching. Oh yes, and the preacher, who I know has heard something about me again this week, and is going to preach right at me. You start thinking; I’d be better off watching a TV preacher, and worshiping by myself.
Why does this happen? Because the devil wants to destroy the church. The fact is, you can’t have church without people. People are the church. It will always be true, where there are people, there are going to be problems. However, it’s also true, where there are people, you’re going to see God’s blessings.
Proverbs 14:4 tells us that with no cattle you can have a clean barn. However, at the time the oxen produced milk, and pulled the plow in the fields. What may seem good for today, is often the most destructive for tomorrow. We need people in our lives. Even more important, people need you in their lives.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
God needs you in His church. God wants you with His church. God created you to be part of His church. So come on, let’s go be the church. The crying babies need someone to love on them, and to be a testimony to them. The preacher only shares what God, through the Holy Spirit, places on his heart. Maybe it’s time for you to make some noise and say amen occasionally. Oh, and the person who really bugs you, LOVE THEM. It will drive them crazy, and you may become friends.
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Nehemiah 10-13 / Proverbs 14:4-7
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Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director