Thursday, January 06, 2011

You’re Making it Too Difficult

Today we had a heater repairman come to the church to look at our heaters. The last couple of weeks the heaters have worked some, but not worked consistently. Of course this is an issue because it has been extra cold these days. After looking over the heaters and the system, the repairman decided that the problem was a faulty thermostat. Even when the heaters came on, which was a big maybe, they would only stay on for a while before they shut off. As he looked at our thermostat he noticed that it was a fancy one, which could be programmed for the days and times you want it to come on. The truth is, we only turn our sanctuary heaters on from 8:30 a.m. until around 10 a.m. in the winter months. We didn’t need a programmable thermostat. We were making it too difficult. So he changed out the old thermostat for a newer, simpler one. You set the temperature, turn the heat on, and voila, you have heat!

I think too many people make their spiritual life too difficult as well. We think to be spiritual we have to know the Bible inside and out. We think we have to give up our job and become a missionary. We think we have to go into “full time” ministry mode. That is not true. I think it is a simple process. In the book of Joshua, 24:15, Joshua says: “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Simply put, Joshua was making a commitment to the Lord. Joshua was saying that he was determined to live for the Lord. That is what the Lord desires. Or as Micah 6:8 says: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” God wants us to commit to seeking Him each day, so that we will do what is good, love others, and walk in humility. So, let’s not make it too difficult; just walk with the Lord. Blessings.