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It’s Like Poking Possums

Tuesday Re-mix –

…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:26-27

…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

We have lots of “critters” come through our backyard.  Over the last 20 years or so, we’ve had raccoons, possums, coral snakes, skunks, and birds galore.  We even had a Road Runner hatched under our deck once (different story…maybe a future post).  In her younger days, Lacee (our Cocker Spaniel…no longer with us) would sometimes bring us “trophies” which she had caught.  And her favorite was always possums.

The thing about possums is that, when your dog brings you one and it looks lifeless enough, you can’t be too quick to judge.  There is a reason they call it “playing possum”.  You have to poke it a few times to see if it’s really dead.  Sometimes even that doesn’t work.  Then you have to leave it alone out on the patio for a few minutes and wait and see if it gets up and scurries off.  But if it’s still there the next morning, you can go ahead and dispose of it.  It’s dead.  Score one for Lacee.

In my church’s youth gatherings on Wednesday nights, they have been watching an Andy Stanley video series on what it means to be “fishers of men”.  At that same time, I’ve been spending time in one of my favorite passages: Colossians 1.  I have written about it in previous posts (e.g., here).  This is Paul’s very cool statement about “the great mystery …

The Principle of the Spirit

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples… As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Acts 9:1, 3-5

The Principle of the Spirit: There is only one head of the church and He is in us all.

That Christ indwells every believer should change some things about how I see myself and how I see other believers.  It should change the way I listen to other believers and it should change the way I treat them.  Paul, who had busied himself with throwing Christian men and women into prison and persecuting people who were followers of “the way”, learned this lesson the hard way.

He saw the threat posed by this band of rebels who had been disciples of Jesus.  He recognized the damage they were doing to his church.  He saw the potential damage yet to come, and he responded.

But haven’t you done the same thing?  Haven’t you ever felt the need to “protect your church” by being mean and ugly to someone?  That’s all Saul (Paul) was doing…protecting his church.  The problem, of course, is this: when we perceive that our church is at stake, hasn’t history proven that we (Christians) are capable of all manner of bad behavior (ever heard of the Spanish Inquisition)?  When we have demonized a person to the point that we now believe he/she is a threat to the church, and when we take it upon ourselves to be the defender of Christ’s church, we are only one very tiny step away from inflicting great pain …