September 17, 2017
How to boil a frog!
This is how you boil a frog: you don’t put him in cold water because he will jump out. You don’t put him in hot water because he will leap out quickly! However, if you put him in lukewarm water, feel-good water, just a few degrees above his body temperature, he will be comfortable and relax. Then every 3 minutes, you raise the temperature up 2 degrees. In about 30 minutes, He Will Be Cooked!!! Now, what is the point of the story? Being unaware of small changes, we get comfortable. Being unaware of small changes, we get comfortable with sin. We don’t commit murder, steal, or disrespect our parents, so we think we are doing just great. However, Jesus said in Matt. 5:20 that our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees which means we have to go deeper, looking at the root of the sin. Starting with the first commandment of loving God with all our heart, then we must love our brothers and sisters, whom we can see, as ourselves, which validates our love for God. We must also be in His will and led by the Spirit of God. Being connected by the cross on both ends, vertical (between you and God) and horizontal (between you and others) is walking in the Spirit. Not being connected is Sin. Not loving, not forgiving, not reconciling is SIN!
Today I am going to speak about the 3 basic foundations of our faith but look at them from a different perspective or interpretation as they apply to God, Self, and Community.