Help! I have a Christian Puzzle and I can’t Put it Together.
Putting the Pieces Together. Ever have a puzzle with all those weird shaped pieces including the edges? You have all the pieces and even a picture of how it should look but you can’t put it together. You managed to put together a couple of very obvious, tiny sections but even Googling it doesn’t help! In life, we can have a Christian Puzzle and we can’t put it together.
Today, we have access to more information than any generation before us. It’s wonderful but it can create problems. Jesus didn’t tell us to gather information! Information isn’t necessarily wisdom. I can read “How-To-Do’s” on a thousand things but I can’t do most of them. Due in part to the fact that I jumped into the article at the top of the Google search – after all, that means it’s the best one – right? Then, as James said, I become a “hearer of Google but not a doer of Google!” Information fools me into thinking that because I “know,” I “do,” and “I Will Remember.”
Putting the Pieces Together Requires Application
I may have seen and heard but I didn’t fully comprehend or didn’t apply. This has happened to me multiple times as I created my blog. I researched and read over and over – then promptly forgot. Or, I read so much that I couldn’t make sense of anything. Being a Christian is the same. We can read and listen to thousands of books, articles, Podcasts, and Bible translations because they are all at the tips of our fingers. But, when we try to put it together and make sense of it, we can find ourselves confused and wondering how in the world to put it together inside our everyday lives.
Instead of learning “line upon line, precept upon precept (Precept = a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct),” we pick a little here and a little there but find that our life is still not what we know it should be!
Isaiah 28:10, “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” ESV
Putting the Pieces Together Requires Full Information
In Acts 19, Paul met some men in Ephesus who had only partial information. They had been baptized in water but not in the Spirit because they had never heard of it. They had partial knowledge but needed others to help them put everything together. In Hebrews 5:11-14 it was the opposite – people had knowledge but no application so Paul wrote “A Call to Spiritual Growth”.
I think that if Paul wrote a letter to us today, he would repeat that section of Hebrews. Just having enough information to pass a Christian Test is not enough. We need help and we need to start with the most basic principles listed in Hebrews 6.
Putting the Pieces Together may Require Help!
Back to the puzzle – Lots of times when I’m stuck on a puzzle, a friend can take one glance, put a couple of pieces in (frustrating me), and then I can see where more pieces go. As women, as Christians, as those living in the Kingdom, we need each other so that we may be encouraged, challenged, and helped to be more like the One our soul loves! You can see pieces of my puzzle that I can’t. You can help me put it together.
Sometimes life presents us with some very hard puzzles and we simply can’t solve them alone. There are also puzzles we can solve, but it takes much longer to do it alone than together with those who love you. That’s the point. The disciples needed each other and so do we. The Word encourages us to be together in life, in worship, in prayer, in the good and the bad times.
I want to encourage you to reach out. Reaching out is not an invitation to be ridiculed or chastised. It is a moment in which we need support, love, and encouragement. It is not a sign of weakness. It’s just the opposite! It is a sign of great strength because it means your eyes are fixed on the goal and you are running after Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
If there’s a puzzle in your life that you put away, call a couple of good friends, get the puzzle out of the closet, and go to work!
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