Monday, April 1, 2013

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff


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Richard Carlson wrote the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and its all small stuff.

Matthew 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”   In other words, they make a big to-do out of the little things and let the big things escape.

Jesus warned us to leave the small things aside and pay close attention to the larger truth.

Most of us love tradition.  The white wedding and the march down the aisle, the pomp and ceremony at church.  The exchanging of gifts at Christmas and we could make a long list.

To be honest we realize that a lot of what we celebrate as Christians is tradition, such as December 25, for the day Christ was born.  We understand that this date is not the real date, but as we follow tradition, and use that date in time to remind us that Jesus was born to live and die and live again.

As we examine Easter and the dates we celebrate as Good Friday and Easter, we understand that again we are following tradition, and using these days of the week is a point of remembrance and celebration that Jesus Lives today!.  The Bible is clear that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week - - which we celebrate as Easter.
 
If we are a thoughtful person, and study the Jewish laws and customs, we will understand that there were two Sabbaths, a weekly and preparation for the Passover Lamb sacrifice.

Many scholars have pointed out that Jesus probably died on Thursday the day of preparation for the “Passover Sabbath.” Jesus was to be the Passover Lamb. 
 
Using this time line would then give Jesus the THREE days and NIGHTS in the tomb, and allow him to rise from the dead early on the first day of the week.

I tend to believe this is the case, but listen - - should we fight and argue over this “small stuff?” 

What is important is that all was fulfilled in Jesus and he is not here for he has risen as he said.

There are organizations who love to find fault and tear people and ministries apart.  They also enjoy pointing out these minor details and call all who do not change their thinking that they are heretics.

I refuse to subscribe to the websites of those who criticize and call certain ministers wrong because they have a large following and are bringing people into the kingdom.

These sites that stir up strife and pull down beliefs are usually extremely angry and the Bible warns us NOT to follow an angry man.

A careful reading of the Bible will reveal to us the truth.


This post is Linked up with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday

 

1 comment:

  1. Finding fault and tearing people and ministries apart is but the working of their own self-righteousness....I do belive in the "minor details" I do, but it is not my place nor do I condemn those that see the Word different than the revelation that God has given me...God has called us to Peace which is none other than Jesus Christ himself, and if I be in Christ and you be in Christ ... can we divide the body into bits and pieces? NO ...or we should not...I truly enjoyed your thought provoker this morning, and agree that we should not debate, argue, and have an attitude I'm right you are wrong, We all have a path that we are to trod as the Holy Spirit leads us...can we examine and judge one another's path... NO to do so is to judge the wisdom of the Holy Spirit!
    So inspired by your post today ...thank you!

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