I. WILL. NEVER. DO. THAT! YOU. HAVE. HEARD. IT. MAYBE. EVEN. USED. IT.
IS. IT. WISE. TO. DO. SO?
Every Wednesday, Jim Foreman, Michael Perkins and I are posting about Gordon MacDonald’s book, Building Below the Waterline. For my first post from last week, you can go here. Advertisement over…back to our regularly scheduled blog.
When I was young and brash (I am no longer young and hopefully that has cured me of most of my brashness), I could be heard saying, “I would never (fill in the blank).” As time moved on and the reality of (real) life kicked in, I found that was not a good statement to use.
“I would never wear jeans to preach in.” Check that one off the list. I do it now.
“I would never reuse a sermon. Fresh is where its at.” Check that one off the list (with modifications of course).
“I would never resign without another place to go.” Check that one off the list.
Of course, those are minor to bigger ones that make our life miserable. I would never take a drink. I would never smoke. I would never get hooked on painkillers. I would never cheat on my spouse. I would never turn my back on God. I would never swear at God. I would never lost my virginity before marriage. Tons and tons of “I would nevers” could be said.
Frankly, there shouldn’t be a Christ-follower who thinks he/she is above falling flat on the face. Gordon tells again the story of the young German, Matthias Rust, who piloted a rental plane into the heart of the former Soviet Union and landed in Moscow’s Red Square. Using that as a backdrop, he shows how every one of us can fall victim to sin. I call them “sneak attacks” of the enemy. We have already used the “never” word and now the enemy is making sure we will learn to “never” use it again. Gordon’s point is the importance of repentance in the life of the Christ-follower. Here let me have him tell you:
No Christ-following man or woman can feel confident that they are growing if they are not living in perpetual repentance, with a holy sorrow that acknowledges that apart from the power and grace of Christ we will succumb to the evil that abides within until the day Christ returns. (p.35)
Solid advice…for me…for you. Growth happens when we are aware of our weaknesses and take the measures necessary for overcoming them. How about you? Have you ever said “Never?” Do you still? Did you learn from it? Do you have a guard in place now? I’d like to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out Jim’s and Michael’s blog.