Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Sometimes it takes and expert, sometimes it doesn't.
Wednesday February 12th, 2003
There are times when you need an expert, there are other times when you can do it on your own. This morning I needed help getting connected to the internet, after trying everything I could think of, I ended up having to call my internet provider and speaking to an expert. It took Nicole about two minutes to get me up and running, it probably would have taken her less time if I had more than one phone line. How was she able to get me back on line so quickly? Simple, she is an expert, an expert on the internet.
Later this morning I have to bring my ole jeep to Ovide's. Why? Because he is an expert on keeping my cars running. I preach, he fixes cars. I look under the hood and see things, in many cases I have no idea what those things are or what they do. He asked me if the jeep had some kind of pump, I looked under the hood and said, "Is it this thing?" he said, no, that's the power steering pump". So, when the Jeep doesn't run well, I bring it to Ovide, cause he is an expert.
Later this month my wife is going to a dentist to have a crown put on one of her teeth, why is she going to a dentist to have this done? Well the answer to that is two fold, first, she won't let me any where near her mouth with my half inch Milwaukee drill. And the second is, she is convinced that the dentist is an expert and knows what she is doing. Cecily's rationale for that has something to do with the dentist having gone to school for 10 or 12 years to study teeth, their care and maintenance.
In each of the above cases, we put the care of something of ours in the hands of another, we do this in trust because we consider that person and expert.
But, when it comes to our salvation, we do not need and expert, for we have Christ. No matter where in the world you go, there are certain things common to all peoples. For instance, in every culture children understand that they are subservient to their parents, oh they revolt, but even that act proves that they know who is parent and who is child. In every culture women are by nature willing to obey their husbands, to defer to them in most issues. Why is it that kids and wives do this regardless of where in the world they are born? God put it in them as part of their inner being.
And so it is with salvation, no matter where in the world you go, people turn to religion, they turn to religion in the hopes of finding God, yet, God has made is so simple that when they turn to religion and expects, they become lost and side tracked. Think for a minute, if you had never heard anything from any expert on anything, would evolution come to mind or God's Creative abilities? Would you, as you looked around and saw the sunrise, the sunset, and all in between, flowers, snow, trees, birds, people, birth, death, etc, would you need to be told that there was and is a God behind everything? Of course not, you would know and acknowledge God. What cause folks to stumble is experts.
Experts are fine for cars, computers and teeth, but when it comes to salvation, just look inside yourself and your Bible. For unlike the manual that tells you how to work on your car and computer, God's manual for salvation, the Holy Bible left nothing out and needs no expert advice or interpretation.
Look how easy it is:
from the Gospel of John Chapter Three
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with him." 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
You don't need and expert or commentary to help you with the above Scripture, for if you don't understand it, just simply asking God's help will enable you to understand it, just say, "Lord, help me to understand, please."
So, while I acknowledge the need of experts for cars, and computers and teeth, while I thank Nicole and Ovide and the dentist, when it comes to salvation, all you need is your desire to be Saved and what Christ has done for you already. And with a little help and guidance from the Lord anyone, accept maybe abortionists, can be Saved and assured both salvation and life eternal with the Lord God Creator of all things, Messiah Yeshua, Christ Jesus.
Thank you Lord for blinding me to cars, computers, teeth and the things of this world, but opening my eyes, mind, heart and life to You, Your Word and Salvation. Amen.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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