Last Sunday, I preached from 1 Cor 10:1-14 on the importance of watching our life.
Mind you, I didn’t choose that text as some sort of backdoor critique of the circumstances surrounding Gene’s resignation. Only God knows what is in Gene’s heart and he is more than able to bring it to light at just the right time with or without our help. The reason I preached on watching our life is that I’m convinced this whole situation is not about Gene.
No question Gene is involved in the situation and in a direct way, brought it to pass. But Gene is not the main actor in this situation. God is. God always is. Which means we have to keep asking at every point along the way, even in the midst of a difficult transition, “Lord, what are you trying to say to me right now? What are you saying to us right now? The Lord’s word to us last Sunday was a word of warning. The content of our personal character is a big deal to God and should be a big deal to us.
Paul gives us at least two reasons in 1 Cor 10 for watching our life closely. First, presuming on the favor of God, absent a life of obedience, is the height of folly. Second, God will only deliver from sin those who are willing to fight against sin. The sermon concluded with a three-part exhortation. Anticipate your temptation. Trust your Savior. Don’t give up.
We trust our Savior, in part, because he promises that in the midst of even the strongest temptations to sin, he will always provide a way of escape. Here’s where the church is such a gift. We need help to see the way of escape. Sometimes it’s literally staring us in the face and we’re completely ignorant. We all need brothers and sisters who love us enough to point it out and who are willing to join us in crying out to God for power to obey.
We want to help each other discover the way of escape by featuring testimonies on Sunday morning of how God is teaching us to resist specific temptations to sin. If you have a story to share, please comment below or send an email. No testimony is too small or insignificant. See this as an opportunity for us to put Ps. 40:10 into practice as a church family.
“I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.”