Okay, Folks – I guess I’ll tell on myself. I just did the dumbest thing! Have you ever done something and then thought, “What was I thinking?” Even though it’s Saturday, my body doesn’t know that and I woke up around 6:30 am as normal. Boy, was I on the ball! By 8:00, I had cleaned out the aquarium. By 8:30, the kitchen was clean, the floor swept, and the second load of clothes were in the washer. When I got a pair of Steve’s pants out of the dryer, a button fell on the floor. Okay, I thought – I’ll take care of that right now. I felt like the “happy homemaker” here! So, I got out my sewing kit, found the perfect color of thread, and sewed that button back on. Then, I held it up and burst out laughing. I had sewed the button on the inside of the flap instead of on the outside! I had to take it off and do it all over again! I was so busy trying to get the job done that I obviously didn’t pay attention to the details! And believe me – details mattered in this case!
Apply this to your spiritual life. Sometimes, those of us who have been Christians for many years may get to feeling like we “know what we’re doing” and go through the motions, without paying attention to the details. We may have read the Bible through before – why do it again? Have you ever groaned when you hear, “We’re going to study the book of Acts.” Again? Do you take the time to study your Bible class lesson for Sunday or do you come to class with a lesson that you haven’t even read? In Acts 21-22, Paul had been captured, beaten, and brought before the chief captain of the guard. He repeated his life story, telling of his vision on the road to Damascus and Ananias telling him to “Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (22:16) The centurion ordered Paul to be scourged, when Paul spoke up and asked, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman and uncondemned?” These words quickly were told to the chief captain, who had bought his Roman citizenship with a large sum of money. Paul, on the other hand, was a free-born Roman. This little detail mattered. The chief captain had gotten all caught up with the crowd, that he forgot to ask a very important detail.
Have you started following the crowd? Have you “been on a roll” and gotten “too big for your britches” thinking that you know what you’re doing? We have to pay attention to the details. How thankful I am that when we mess up, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous” (I John 2:1) and – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) Thank you, God for “do overs!” God Bless, Courtney