After posting “Not only survive but thrive” My Joy informed me that at least one more paragraph was needed to complete the post. Next, Rachel and Eldon affirmed that the post needed more work. This after I had worked on it for four days. I only wanted to offer some practical ideas to churches like Forks Mennonite, but decided against it. I think I know that all new tactics are futile if a church is unaware of a need for costly change. So I gave up on being practical.
This 88 year-old Old Fool has the habit of communicating as though he knows for sure. But I must confess that he knows nothing for sure. He can only communicate what he thinks he knows. There is some credence to what he thinks he knows about Jesus.
Much hoopla accompanied the conception and birth of Jesus. The shepherds and the wise men on their arrival found only a helpless newborn baby. In Philippians 2:5-8, it is said that in the incarnation the son of God made himself “nothing.” The Apostle Paul learned that he, too, must count his assets as “dung,” and the Old Fool adds, to be composted, scattered on the field to benefit growing things.
It is in the humble “nothingness” of Jesus and the “dunginess” of Paul’s assets that Christians find unity, survive and thrive. This the Old Fool thinks he knows. It might be better to know nothing, for knowledge used unwisely puffs up. What we think we know may divide churches, deny sinners a place among those who think themselves to be saints, cause salt to lose its saltiness, put the candle under a bushel.
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home, and in the throng;
Be like Jesus all day long!
I would be like Jesus.