Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 | Author:

Welcome to the Word for Wednesday meme. I hope you’ll decide to particpate.

Just pick a scripture passage that means something to you right now, copy it into a post with as much or as little commentary as you choose, and put a link to that post in Mr. Linky below. It’s that easy, and you may never know whose heart God touched because you took the time to share His Word.

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There’s an old saying that goes like this:

It’s hard to remember you went in to drain the swamp
when you’re up to your neck in alligators.

Our response to this normally is to chuckle … and then go back to fighting alligators.

While I’m sure He understands the concept, Jesus doesn’t count alligators as an excuse. He never lost sight of His purpose while He was here on earth, no matter how many alligators came His way, and we shouldn’t, either.

If we think we can go through the motions of attending church, saying a prayer, and reading a scripture, but because we have alligators to fight, we can ignore all the verses about becoming like Jesus, we are deceiving ourselves.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
Matthew 23:23-24

Update: For a perfect illustration of what I’m talking about, go read Jim’s post for today.

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4 Responses
  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    Very true — thanks for posting.

    It occurs to me that sometimes, in the Gospels, Jesus deals with the alligators (in fact, sometimes He seems to go out of His way to confront them), and sometimes He ignores them and goes on about His other business. The point being, maybe, that His dealings with alligators were always on His terms, not the alligators’. Maybe that’s the being-like-Jesus “takeaway” for us.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    What an excellent observation. That thinking falls in line with my husband’s oft-repeated maxim to “choose your battles.” (I do tend to be like Don Quixote, I confess.)

    Before now, I had never thought of it in this context, though. Thanks!

  3. Miss Natural says:

    I copied this and pasted it on my wall and use it to calm down when my exams draw near. At the moment, it means a lot to me. 2Kings 6:16, ‘Fear not for they that be with us are more than they that be with them’. God is an ever present God and he’s always there and will always be. I don’t have to be afraid just because I know he watches over me and indeed all of us. I’m so grateful.

  4. akaGaGa says:

    How true, Miss Natural. It’s always heartening to remember that God is bigger than anything we may fear. Thanks for commenting.

    I’d be delighted if you wanted to post a “Word for Wednesday” next week. Just link back to this blog, and put your link in Mr. Linky.

    Hope your exams go well!