2002-09-17 - Veritas
2 Peter 1:12 Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of theses things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.
In the Monday devo I used the term "humiliate us into faithfulness." I have thought some about that term and I am convinced that I have coined a phrase for Christians. We ought to think in these terms. We ought to be humiliated by how unfaithful we really are. In our minds we should know the standards that the Lord has set for faithful Christian conduct, but how many of us can do so? I bet very few, so I am not attacking you personally. I hope I am giving you food for thought and an encouragement that, in Christ, there is hope to anyone who might see an area in life that might be lacking and seek to fix it. I feel like a Christian plumber in saying that, but that is the nuts and bolts of being a Christian. I have an issue and I am going to solve it. We need to be flat out honest and say the issue is sin, but so what? Call sin a snyogota, you still have to deal with it before the Lord.
Remember the first two of the 19 standards for Harvard students and I will give you some more.
3 "Seeking the Lord giveth wisdome, every one shall seriously by prayer in secret, seeke wisdome of him. Prov. 2.2.3.etc.
6. "they shall eschew all prophanation of Gods holy name, attributes, word, ordinances, and times of worship, and study with Reverence and love carefully to teteine God and his truth in their minds."
I think I will stop here. It is enough to think about. You can find these in the book, "The Founding of Harvard College," by Samuel Eliot Morison (Class of 1908), Harvard University Press, 1935, p. 333ff. The key is really these ordinances that were required of the students. Can we say we live up to them? Clearly we cannot. But since we can't we need to examine our hearts, our conduct, and our very faith. I know that sounds hard core, and it is, so what? It is high time that many of us stop taking the simple road of saying "Jesus is coming any day now. I see all the signs," and start taking the difficult road of living a life of godliness in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, I know it is not fun to read this, nor is it fun to write, but for many of us, to some extent, we have garnered a comfortable faith. The Christian faith is not about temporal comforts. It is about eternal comforts with Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,