Miles took a much-needed timeout this weekend, so we were treated with a message from Ricky Page. Ricky claims "I never lived in Idaho, never owned a goat" to dispel rumors that he's Tommy Mosley's "younger, hyperactive brother."
This weekend, Ricky spoke on 2 Corinthians 6 and encouraged us to continue in our spiritual walk with Christ, especially when the walk is filled with difficulty.
Human beings are fickle by nature. If something is working for us, we love it. But when it stops working for us, we want nothing more to do with it. The problem is that our fickle nature often affects our spiritual lives as well.
Consider the IsraelitesWe don't have to read far into the bible to find a fickle nation of people who warmed to God when He met their needs, but who quickly turned a complaining nature toward God when things didn't go their way. The OT is filled with examples of how the Israelites celebrated God on one hand and complained about him on the other. We are often the same way.
When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 6, he wrote to encourage a struggling church. He pleaded with them not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
But what does that mean for us in 2006? His point was not to take our salvation for granted.
Sure, it's easy for the new believer to be "on fire" for Jesus. But what about when the fire cools or we feel beat down by the struggle of trying to be a good Christian? It happens. We get lonely. We get burned out. Sometimes we go back to what we used to know and what we used to do before we came to Christ. We become fickle.
Consider Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 6:4-5. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul endured beatings, jail, riots, lack of sleep, lack of food, and worse.
You may think, "But I'm not Paul! Paul made it into the Bible. I'm never gonna be that good." Don't worry. God knew that when He chose you to be a member of His eternal kingdom.
Be a Super Glue Christian
Near the end of the message, Rick invited us to walk up front, take a small stone, write our unwavering commitment to God on that stone and super glue it somewhere we'd see it everyday. "By the second week, you'll be tired of looking at it. But you won't be able to remove it if you used super glue to anchor it."
Christ never asks us to be perfect on our own; that's His job and He's the only one who can do it. Making an unwavering decision to God, though, and doing our very best to stick with it through good times and difficult times will make our spirit come alive and show us the Lord more clearly than we've ever seen Him. That's what it means to be a Super Glue Christian according to Ricky Page.
Next week, Miles returns to the Rock to teach the book of Deuteronomy.