HERE’S A THING
A little boy was asked how high he could count. His answer, “3,462.” Thinking that a strange response, he was asked about the number. He replied,
“That’s how many holes there are in the ceiling tiles at church.”
SOME THOUGHTS FOR YOU
Some people leave church greatly inspired while others leave greatly refreshed. If you take all the people who sleep in church, and lay them end to end, they will sleep more comfortably.
When a visiting preacher finished his message, a man went forward seeking prayers for repentance and commitment. The preacher was feeling really good about someone responding when one of the members yelled out:
“Careful preacher, he leaks.”
SPEAKING OF LEAKING
Seems like we all leak.
Our faith rises and falls. Our love for our fellow man weakens by the actions and attitudes of our fellow man.
The fires of revival are too easily quenched by the flumes of rampant sin.
I like the idea of being complete, of possessing moral excellence and redemptive righteousness.
Or is it self-righteousness I like having?
Truthfully, I’ve counted my share of holes in the ceiling tiles at church. I’ve nodded off during the service, and I’m the preacher! Good grief.
THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH…I’M A SINNER
I’m a sinner living in a broken world. I am not perfect, never have been, never will be. I make mistakes, think wrong thoughts, say things I shouldn’t and do things I regret.
Most of the time, my heart is soft and my spirit is sensitive to the leading of the Spirit. But not always. I know what it is to be stiff-necked with pride and to think myself above everything and everyone.
I’m a fallen person. And by the way, so are you.
Varnishing the truth would just be an attempt to make myself look better.
THE REALLY GREAT NEWS
But the really great news is that I have a covenant relationship with God. Salvation isn’t waiting for my perfection. Forgiveness isn’t on hold while I figure out to make myself holy.
I’m forgiven by mercy and saved by grace. Jesus is my holiness, righteousness, and redemption.
A CLOSING THOUGHT
The truth is: I leak. But here’s something to rejoice about, Jesus doesn’t.