A few weeks ago as I made my way to work, I was stopped by a train. There were about 20 cars in front of me, and the end was in sight, so I didn’t have to wait long. After the crossing bars raised, the line of cars began to slowly move forward, and I caught sight of a beat up blue sedan waiting to turn left into a factory. I assume the driver was heading to work. She was caught. A huge line of cars were behind her, and she had to wait for a line of cars to pass before she could turn.
Cars behind her were honking their horns. She even pulled over as far as she could to the yellow lines in the middle just in case there was room for someone to pass her on her right. There really wasn’t room. But wouldn’t you know it? Someone tried anyway. Some guy was three cars behind her, and he gunned his little car and tried to pass her. But he got stuck in the mud on the side of the road. His car twisted and sunk, and it was slinging mud everywhere.
It all made me think about the church–how we can come with our ideas of what others should be doing or how our leaders should be leading. It’s easy to get impatient when things aren’t done our way or in our timing. We can be quick to honk at each other, letting others know we don’t like where they are, even when they are exactly where they need to be or doing what they need to be doing. And far too often we try to do things on our own, or move past the way we think things should be done, or complain when things aren’t done the way we want them to be… and what happens? We get stuck.
I am a firm believer that we don’t blindly follow our leaders. We are to be like the Bereans who in Acts 17 “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The Bible is our ultimate guide, the sufficient truth, but God has given us the church–our leaders and each other–to walk with us and guide us and point us to truth.
It’s so easy to get off track. To get stuck in our own little bubbles of how we think church should be…rather than digging deep into the Word to see what God says the church should be. And once we’ve made it about us, we start slinging mud all over ourselves and those around us.
And we. go. nowhere.
Watching that scene that day cut me to the heart, and I knew I needed to not look right or left and point fingers. I needed to look at me, and all I could think was how I need to re-learn…
The church’s foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord, not ME.
Just my short, little thought for the day.