Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Beware of the Wedge!
1 Corinthians 1:10 "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought."
Did you realize that a wedge is one of the oldest and simplest tools, yet it is also one of the most powerful. I grew up in the country, and we had a wood burning stove. So I learned at an early age how to split or "bust" wood. Even the hardest of woods, like oak, maple and hickory, were no match for that wedge. You simply take the small end and find a crack in the wood, tap it into place, and then start hitting it as hard as you can ( we call it "frailing on it"). The further you drive it, the larger the wedge gets and the further it divides the piece of wood.
In the same way, we sometimes allow the enemy to take the smallest of things and cause the greatest of divisions among God's people. The smallest disagreements have divided some of the greatest churches. Relatively minor differences have split the best marriages. That small issue comes up, and we don't let it go. We keep holding it over others' heads, keep bringing it up in conversations, keep frailing on it and frailing on it, until that otherwise solid piece of wood is split in two.
Where does the enemy use this wedge? Where it will hurt the most. In marriages, in families, and in churches. Why does he use a wedge? To divide, delay, deny, deter, and disrupt God's plan to seek and save the lost. Is his strategy working? To a great extent YES!! Statistics show that about half of all marriages end in divorce. Also, consider this. When Christ left this earth to return to heaven, the "church" was a relatively small group of followers who were of many races, nationalities, creeds, and colors, all held together by a simple yet unifying title - Christians. Now we are not known primarily as Christians. We identify ourselves as Baptists, or Methodist, or members of this church or that church. There are hundreds, if not thousands of denominations and sub-denominations, oftentimes dividing the Body of Christ by relatively small differences in doctrinal emphasis. Church, a house divided against itself cannot stand.
So what can we do? Well here is an easy way to remember a good strategy in this internet-based world we live in. We need to WWW - Watch, Worship, and Work. We need to watch out for the enemy's tactics. When that argument or division comes up, see it for what it is, and don't let him win. We need to worship, that is, focus on God. If we keep our eyes on Him, and spend our time serving and praising Him, we will be too busy to even notice those little dividers. And finally, we need to work. There is too much work to be done. There are souls to be saved and lives to be changed. You will find that those that complain the most, are the ones working the least.
So, remember to Beware of the Wedge!!