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What Kind Of Christian Are You?

What Kind Of Christian Are You?

clip_image002By Keith McCahey GJCN staff writer

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6

When I was growing up I had two friends named Scott and Brian. Scott was into science, chemistry, and model rocketry. Brian was just the opposite, impulsive, a little slow in learning, but good natured. In the 60’s the price of engines for model rockets was expensive so Scott decided to make his own gunpowder and rocket engines. He would carefully grind up charcoal and dried dog poop, (a source for salt peter), separately using coffee cans and a baseball bat. Then he would put the ground charcoal and salt peter into one can, add some sulphur in the right proportions and he had gunpowder. He always took great care grinding and mixing.

 

Scott’s family lived right behind us and the combination of our backyards made a great baseball field. We often played baseball during the summer and Scott was tall and athletic so he loved to join the games. On one certain occasion he was in making his gunpowder and we were getting a game together. Brian was a little uncoordinated and he happened to be the odd man out on this day and no one choose him for their team. Since Scott wanted to play and still get the gunpowder finished for his rocket engines he decided to offer Brian a $1 to finish up the grinding process for him.

I was out in left field, my usual position, and I heard a loud explosion followed by a baseball bat shooting out through the roof of Scott’s garage. We all rushed up to find out what happened and Brian walked out with his face full of soot and his eyebrows singed off. Scott asked him what happened and apparently he had decided to grind everything together in one coffee can and the whole thing blew up, as gunpowder will tend to do when it’s exposed to friction.

At school the next day, Brian came in sporting mascara eyebrows his mother had drawn on and acting like nothing happened.

Brian had the right mix of ingredients, charcoal, salt peter, and sulphur. The right tools, a baseball bat and 2 coffee cans. However he’s walking around with fake eyebrows and his bat is a missile launched into the air.

Scot, on the other hand, followed a plan. He took the time to grind up the ingredients separately and used the baseball bat in the right way. Therefore, he has enough gun powder to launch his rockets.

God’s Plan

Let’s look at God’s plan for us as believers and how it relates to this story. The charcoal represents our dead human spirit, the salt peter or dog poop, how appropriate, is our old sin nature, the sulphur is Christ’s death on the cross, and the baseball bat is the word of God. The mix of the 3 ingredients is gunpowder or our salvation.

How are you as a believer?

Are you like Brian? Expecting everything to happen at once after salvation; letting the word of God slip from your grasp; walking around with false enthusiasm; and pretending that you don’t sin.

Or are you like Scott? Understanding and following God’s plan; using and applying his word properly; and having your faith soar to the heavens.

If you want to be like Scott then the answer is to learn Bible Doctrine. Starting with:

1 John1:9.”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

When our sins are confessed we are spiritual and ready to learn the Word of God. Then we should find a good teacher of God’s plan for the believer.

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15