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What Does It Mean To You?

Being that our church camping trip is coming up in about a month, I was reminded of this outdoors-type story: A man and his wife went out to a camping trip. After a day of hiking, fishing, and swimming, they came back to their campsite tired and hungry. After a nice fresh-fish dinner on a cool breezy evening, they retired for the night. After a few hours of sleep, the lady woke up feeling a little bit colder than she had expected. She awoke her comfortably sleeping husband and said: "Honey, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." He replied: "I see millions and millions of stars." "So, what does that tell you?" she continued. He, being a man who had always considered himself to be quite a knowledgeable, intelligent person, pondered the question for a moment, then replied: "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow." Feeling quite proud of himself, he turns to his wife and says: "And what about you sweetheart? What does it tell you?" She replies: "What it tells me Mister Smarty Pants, is that somebody has stolen our tent." Personally speaking, this story would be even funnier were it not for the fact there are actually people in the world that are very much like this happy camper. You see, just like him, many folks are gifted when it comes to acquired human knowledge, but very weak when it comes to common sense, and weaker still in regards to knowing God. I suspect that we've all known a few folks here and there that pretend to know everything on any subject. If it weren't for Christian obligation, we could all be inclined to give these types the classic appropriate line: "Not many people in the world possess true knowledge and intelligence, but you seem to be full of it." To be fair with the man in our goofy story, he did acknowledge God's greatness in His creation. Nevertheless, the point in our story is that although we all have the same scenes before our eyes, we don't always see the same things,  especially in regards to spiritual matters. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Previously, in this same letter, Paul had written that the preaching of the cross is foolishness to unbelievers, but to those who are saved, it is the power of God. (1 Cor 1:18) This divine truth is right on! In my boyhood years, I saw people gathering at the Baptist church across the street from our house practically every day of the week. Back then, I thought they were nuts. By God's mercy, I am now on the other side of this issue. Normal folks who see us gather in church three or four times a week, probably think we're loco too, or else we need to get a life. Personally, I could be perfectly happy being in church every day, though realistically, this would not be a reasonable lifestyle. I'm sure some of our readers would too. Why? Because this is our life! People who love movies go to theaters often. Folks who love Jesus go to church often. To many this is foolishness; to us it is life.

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