2019-11-15 Time For A New Strategy

“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21

I did a little house cleaning yesterday. There was a Facebook group that I found myself getting ticked off in, and I decided it was better for me (and maybe others?) if I left. The interesting thing is that it was a group of believers with the intended purpose to be a soundboard for questions we might have regarding scripture. I simply saw too many experts who insisted that the world see things their way. Yours truly was included in that number.

I think I tried to be nice and diplomatic, but I had to restrain myself too often. I’m afraid that I failed more times than I realized. I avoided the group for a while but dipped my toe again and got all bothered once again. I’m not going to be able to change the nature of the group, so I simply left. Life is too short to be arguing for argument’s sake.

Perhaps I have become a bit of a know-it-all myself. I guess the answer to that depends on who I ask. I’m sure I can find plenty who say that I’m not, and plenty of others who would say that I am. The real answer comes from God himself. I guess that I must admit to a bit of conviction in that regard.

This won’t be easy to heed the Spirit. I’m sure to get lots of discouraging thoughts from Satan or his henchman. That’s a real danger. At the same time, I need to listen to the Spirit has he guides me in this. Furthermore, the gospel, by definition, is offensive to some (1 Cor. 1:18) and piercing to others (Heb. 4:12). I believe that God has intended me to write, and through it, making some uncomfortable. However, my primary purpose is to encourage people, as we so often see demonstrated in the bible. As Paul says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Rom. 12:18)

So, I think it best to step away from unproductive, argumentative situations and focus on other ground. The verse that came to mind yesterday, and keeps coming back today, is this:

Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

That, combined with how I have been intrigued by Ray Comfort makes me think my time might be better spent in secular sites rather than arguing with theologians.

Father, guide me. I’m willing to go wherever you lead me. Amen.

Copyright © 2019 Scott Powers

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