Life Gets Better After Accepting These Faith Cliches (6.21.12)
Psalm 11,4: "The Lord is in His holy Temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men."
Like a teenager who hasn't learned to clean his own room, so are we in faith who haven't moved beyond the most basic cliches of it: "But I don't want to, but I'm too busy, but I'm too important."
Besides, cliches are boring. They outlive our attention spans. They make up too many sermons. And there's no place to hide from them. They are in every walk of life, at home, at work, at church, everywhere.
So since we're stuck with them, and like the teenager missing out on soooo much because his room is not cleaned, here's seven of the biggest faith cliches.
We'll see if we can get over them once and for all:
1. God Is Not Going To Fall Off His Throne (see Psalm 11,4 above).
This is usually preached when we miss the mark or otherwise come up short in our service. And it is comforting when folks start fussing and fighting themselves over their sin.
No, take a breath, cut it out and get right up and trust Jesus again.
One of my favorite preachers would also use this every time he spoke of the character of God being like that of a good parent. The good parent is less concerned with the apparent perfections and great successes of his child, and instead prefers the child to trust, and always come back to the parent.
In other words, God is faithful and holy, and while he sees our sins, his real happiness is in the return of the son or daughter who knows and always trusts the mercy of Jesus' blood on Calvalry.
2. Let Go and Let God
Joseph forgave his brothers who ditched him and let God work it out. And so became Israel's first savior in Egypt. "What man meant for evil God meant for good."
About fifteen years ago a brother Gary gave me a beautiful cliche, with a shiny wooden frame and everything: "Tobin, Trust Me. I have everything under control. God. "
What a thoughtful gift. Thank you very much brother.
God is way out in front of all the control freaks in our lives, so to triple down on cliche: "chill out."
3. After You have Done All You Can Just Stand
Faith is not some kind titan-superhumanity-action figure fantasy. It's confidently acting on the promises of God again and again, come what may.
It's about an empowered witness, a life of picking up our cross and following Jesus. It's not all kittles and sausages, and parades in honor of our wordly success.
4. Your Cross Is Not Big- It's Just Yours
Surprise, surprise nobody is too interested in somebody's else's cross (unless it's a really good strory), so comparing and complaining about is useless.
The point about any cross is not to run hot footed circles around it, or talk it, but to pick it up.
5. God Won't Give Us More Than We Can Bear
Just like a little kid at Wall-Mart- we really think we can't take another step- until we do. Like a Mexican, on foot, looking for work.
6. Yesterday's Gone Sweet Jesus
This one goes well with "Let the dead bury the dead"and "today is the day of your salvation."
So many folks live today planning the future based on someday burying what will by then already be in the past.
You can't always get what "YOU" want. So love the ones God gives you today, not who might be around after, whenever that is, this or that one is gone.
7. Before You Take The Speck Out Of Your Brother's Eye, Look In The Mirror
Objects in your brother's eye are actually further away than they appear. And objects in our own eyes are closer, and sometimes prove blindness.
So many cliches. So little time to get over them.
They teach us that we are all still creatures in need of constant encouragment and correction, and someone to perhaps tell us to clean up our own "room" once in awhile.
Because God is watching, trying and testing, not falling off His throne.
And He wants us, after we've gotten over some of these, to then move on to receiving 'every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm' that is ours, by faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1,3).
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Tobin Hitt is the founder of the Zion Pentecost Mission. He is open to gospel partnership with all, and identifies with Paul's description of our mission as ambassadors for our king, Jesus, urging all to reconcile with God (2Cor.20-21). He resides in Cheshire, Connecticut.read more...