Can’t Change A Lightbulb
Believe it or not, one in five people aren’t so skilled. In fact, a new survey of people in the United Kingdom finds not only do about 20 percent of people not know how to change a bulb — the same number aren’t sure how to boil an egg, either.
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You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
Can’t really put this nicely, so I’ll just lovingly put it as a sharp rebuke – Someone invited all the dim-witted to label themselves Christians.
Individuals today are unable to change a light-bulb or boil an egg without it becoming a great deal of effort.
In the same way what a Christian use to mean has been turned in upon itself.
Because individuals loath labor, inconvenience and suffering of any kind. It is called a love of self.
Consider just two pieces of evidence.
One, “in-spite” of these individuals became Christians.
- “in spite of severe suffering,… you welcomed… the message with the …joy… given by the Holy Spirit”
Two, these individuals are pleading, begging with alarm, what must they do to be saved, not being invited to church, to come on down and label themselves Christian.
- When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
The preachers are not saying, “If you want to be saved, if you want to go to heaven, if you want to be blessed then we invite you to come on down. Wouldn’t you please, please, come on down and accept Jesus Christ as your personal thingy.”
No, no, these sinners are asking the preacher what they must do, out of their desperation, to be right with a Living God. One has to surrender to the offense of the cross for there to be a resurrected life of blessings.
Here, see it again, where it is the sinner, the jailer, calling for light, the sinner rushing in, the sinner asking with trembling what must be done. And this time the preacher wasn’t even preaching a sermon.
- The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:29-30)
Luke 6:22-23 is one of the signs of being a true Christian yet is considered anathema to the church at large. It all comes down to choice and what kind of joy a person is after: Hebrews 11:25
Yea, yea, I know, one doesn’t see much leaping going on in American churches these days. But, then, again, one doesn’t see much of Jesus in America churches these days.
That’s why there is so little Light and joy from the Holy Spirit.
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