Sunday, September 21, 2008

Prayer

There was a former preacher of mine that used to rail against how stupid it was that people would pray for a parking spot so they wouldn't miss class or an appointment. His message was that God does not care about little useless things like that when He has to deal with cancer.
Oddly enough, this kind of preaching is actually very very destructive.
Why? Because it reduces God to the size of your judgement.
How big is God really? Isn't he so big that everything to Him is a little problem? Isn't cancer or world hunger, or world peace, or a world war only the size of a parking spot problem to Him?
God is the greatest thing in the world, so much larger than everything in the universe all together that it is silly to limit God's likes and dislikes to your own.
In prayer we come into His presence. A presence larger than our feeble minds can understand. In the words of Nebuchadnezzar, the whole of man is nothing before Him, and He does his will on Earth and Heaven.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Enter by the narrow gate

Jesus said that the way is narrow and few find it. Maybe we should say that none find it, but before we do, what is Jesus saying? Is he saying we need to walk the narrow way? Act good? Be well?
Jesus said that He is the gate to the sheepfold, that anyone else who comes in is a thief or a robber.
Enter by the narrow gate, Jesus is the gate..
Jesus is a making a claim to his exclusivity!