Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
I heard a man once say, “It is really not church that I do not like, it is all those 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 would 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 is also true that where there are people there are going to be the blessings of God.
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.
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 to church this week. The crying babies need you to love them and be a testimony to them. The preacher only preaches what God gives. It is the Holy Spirit that speaks to man’s heart. Maybe it is time that you too made some noise and said amen occasionally. Oh yea, and the person who bugs you, LOVE THEM. It will drive them crazy!
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Habakkuk / Psalm 69:1-15 / Proverbs 14 / John 13
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Pro. 10-11 / 1 Co. 15
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director