The Crooked Board and the Rusty Old Nail

When we looked at the space for our new office, we realized that yes it would be the perfect location for us, but we had to build a room for our conference area. This room became an all-consuming project after we signed the lease. I headed to the lumber yard I watched as the 2×4’s were loaded one by one onto my cart. At times the attendant would discard a piece then keep on loading. After several times, I asked why they were throwing away perfectly good lumber. The woman brought me over to where she was standing and had me look down the line. The boards were bowing and warped. I was surprised because from my point of view, I’d have never been able to tell.

I would have had a crooked board and a serious problem when we tried to erect the walls. Can you imagine the measuring disaster? I would be depending on that board, it would let me down.

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:20-22

We Are God’s Habitation

As the family of God and HIS building, we are built together spiritually too. So why do I keep seeing Christians find all the crooked boards and rusty nails and jamming them into the body of believers. God knows the heart of every man. He also knows who you should depend on, and who not to. I’m scratching my head today, trying to figure out why someone would turn away from perfectly good leadership or good old-fashioned sturdy fellowship and search out this old rusty nail of a Christian. To be that rusty the person would have to have habit patterns of neglect, disparagement, discouragement and even worse fiery darts which is lethal if we’re struck. If Jesus Christ is our cornerstone and our example shouldn’t we be looking for someone with that kind of heart for God to fellowship with? That person will build us up, make us stronger together.

rusty nail

Perspective Issues

Sometimes, like my point of view problem, we just need a better perspective when it comes to these people. God is always the best one to ask. But the other way to find out is watch what comes after them. Mark 16 says that signs follow them that believe. If you watch someone’s walk, and see littered behind them a swathe of hurt, destruction and UNbelief which is the opposite of believing God, RUN AWAY!!! Once you’re a safe distance and calm, ask God what to do next. Why continue and continue and continue to pound in that UNbelieving, rusty nail into the BElieving family of God that forms a holy temple. God asks us to be BElievers. THat’s where the miracles begin. Won’t our habitation of God disintegrate pretty quickly if we don’t?

There are family, blood ties, that we feel “obligated,” or “guilted” into seeing and fellowshipping with. GUILT and OBLIGATION are not of God.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Grudgingly is obligation and guilt. Guilt and obligation are not of God, so who are they from? YEP, the devil. When you are obedient to a manipulated request like guilt and obligation you are not obeying God, because He would never ask you like that, so you must be obeying the devil. I hate to say this so plain, but I feel like I must!! Where is the common sense? Where is the understanding of self? Where is the protection of what God IS doing in your life. We just hand it over to the devil without even trying because we feel obligated. Good lord have some spine! Have some sense of right and wrong!

What about the little pricks from the nail that come from those you weren’t expecting. Like the people who trick you into these situations, or convince you that spending time around them is of God? Who are these little “do gooders” trying to help? God or satan? God is big enough to get ahold of you first. If He wants you to pray, or do a job for the rusted out nail, trust me, He’ll let you know. Otherwise, fellowshipping with them is simply a ploy to steal your believing, your joy, your confidence with God. We’re supposed to fellowship with like-minded believers.

When is it time for a Miracle?

I realize that God is a God of miracles, and what if it’s time for the healing of that rusty old nail, or the straightening out of that crooked old board? Are you the one who created the heavens and the earth? Are you the one who raised Jesus Christ from the dead? Then let the one who did those things handle this too. I think too many busy-body Christians do charity for their own conscious and not what God told them to do. This is wrong. Resist jumping to the “rescue” unless you know like Ananias with the Apostle Paul, that the direction is from God. Otherwise you doing the bidding of the god of this world, which only causes more destruction and hurt.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

Then there is also this verse.

“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”  Philippians 3:17

Avoid the crooked and rusty, look for the straight and sturdy.

God bless you today!

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