Jeremiah said, “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns” (4:3). Some Bible teaching is like sowing seed in a briar patch: the heart has not been prepared. Too much of our religious instruction is like a swimming lesson on dry land: teaching all things commanded is not enough. We must teach men to observe all things commanded. God’s Word is a lamp and a light, but the light is not only to be looked at; it must be walked in. Stare at the mid-day sun and you will go blind. It is impossible to be blinded by an excess of light. If we are hearers only, and not doers of the Word, we deceive ourselves. I never hear that part of James 1:22 quoted: “…deceiving your own selves.” Look at the light an you will be blinded. Walk in the light and you will be blessed.
WHEN THE CIRCUS DID NOT HINDER
Having favour with all the people…but the people magnified them.
Acts 2:47; 5:13
“It will be a bad week for our revival. We have the fair, the concert, the circus, football this week. The Sons and Daughters of I Will Arise have a supper, the high school has a dance.” On and on it goes, while defeated church members build up their alibis. Any church that has to take a back seat and fearfully anticipate every side show that blows into town is already beaten. We have developed an inferiority complex before the world, the flesh and the devil, and apologetically we take what is left in attendance after our worldly members have gone where they really belong.
The Early Church did not quake every time the ungodly had a spree in Jerusalem. The saints in Rome did not have the blues because attendance would be cut by a gladiatorial contest in the Colosseum. They had a robust, world-shaking power of their own that eventually put the Colosseum out of business. If we recovered that we would leave our little hot-chocolate huddles in church basements and give the world today a demonstration that would make its little affairs look like firecrackers beside atom bombs.