DayBreaks for 12/03/18: Smart Devil
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:
As a minister, I must tell you about one of my pet peeves. I despise the concept of “professional” ministry. Don’t get me wrong, I love my “job” and what I do. What I hate is the distinction people have about clergy and laity. For one thing, I think it is not very biblical. Sure, there were rabbis in the days of Jesus – and there will always be preachers and teachers and others who are blessed with the calling and privilege of proclaiming the Word. But the distinction has created some real problems, too.
Over time, people became experts at medicine, astronomy, philosophy, literature, physics, art, music…and that is as it should be. After all, you don’t want a non-expert opening your chest to do a bypass, do you? It is only right that people develop their skills and talents to perform work that others cannot do. But when it comes to our walk with God, it is strange that we have the idea that a professional is needed to tell us how to walk with and follow Jesus.
Do we really need an expert to tell us how to become Christ-like? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 would tend to suggest otherwise: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Do you see it? We don’t need someone to tell us what to do to do everything as Jesus would have us do them. We just need to know the Scripture. Scripture gives us all the instruction we need. And it becomes dangerous when we lean on some other person and their opinion. We can always count on Scripture to be reliable and trustworthy. We can’t always count on other’s thoughts (or our own!) in the same way.
Following Jesus through the teaching of the Scripture makes anyone, clergy or laity, a Jesus-expert. There is no excuse for men and women, girls and boys (especially in America) to be ignorant of the Word or to be anything less than a Jesus-expert. The very idea that we can’t all be Jesus-experts is one of the devil’s most clever ploys. He’s a smart devil, our enemy. Don’t let him fool you or make you think you need some expert to tell you how to do it. The Spirit IS the expert! The Word is inspired! And Jesus will always be the truth!
PRAYER: Almighty Father, help us to be students of the Word, to become experts at following Jesus. Let us accept no excuse for being ignorant of the Word and tone-deaf to the Spirit. May we all grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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