Thoughts on a visit to the doctor:
So, this morning I went to an orthopedic surgeon to get some floaty things in my knee checked out. While filling out the paper work, reflected on how precise doctors are about finding out the problem so they can give the right diagnosis…
…and then how bad we as Christians are at the same thing.
We “feel bad” and want God to “fix it.” Fix what? Your feelings?
What if I asked the doctor to do that? “Hey, doc, my knee feels bad. Can you make me feel good, TODAY!”
“Oh, really? You mean I have to get something fixed and you can’t just make me FEEL GOOD? What a lousy doctor you are!”
Parallel: “Pastor/Christian friend/Spouse/etc., I feel bad today. Can you make me FEEL GOOD?”
“Wait…what?!?!? Stop asking those questions about my relationship with God! Stop giving me the instruction of God’s truth! Stop asking me if I have unconfessed sin! Stop reminding me about the riches of Christ found in the gospel! Stop teaching me about false doctrine! Stop teaching me the truth of God’s Word! I JUST WANT TO FEEL GOOD!!!! You’re a lousy (insert role/title).”
End result – “Churches” that make people “feel good” for a couple hours, but send them limping home full of spiritual cancer and unattended soul-sickness – that will fester for the week ahead.
What if we started asking questions – and giving honest answers? What if we asked our friends, pastors, spouses, etc. to actually help us DIAGNOSE our spiritual failures and point us to riches found in Christ for those specific areas? It might look something like this:
What is your greatest struggle right now?
What do you think needs to change?
What steps have you taken to improve your situation?
Did it help? Why? Why not?
What do you think I can do to help you?
Are you willing to hear the truth?
Are you willing to obey God’s Word?
Let’s begin by looking at what God already has done…
Too often we are like Naaman – we want to fix the problem on our terms and reject God’s simple plan. “Go dip in the river seven times.”
If we treated doctors like we treat God and His Word, they wouldn’t want to see us. Thank the Lord for His mercy. Now, let’s figure out His diagnosis and accept the treatment!