Got up early today. Didn’t really need to, but just felt like I needed to get up and get something done. Knowing that running a defrag program on my computer usually takes awhile I logged in and started the program. Now a few hours later the process is complete. I got curious and started searching out what I had actually done to my computer. I am sure many of your out there can probably give a better explanation than this, but essentially I went through the file cabinet and consolidated files — got rid of some — and made it easier to retrieve information.
As a disciple we sometimes need to take some time and “defrag” our spiritual lives. Stepping back and re-evaluating. Looking closely at the religious fragments that have accumulated in our lives. Paul noted “so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-3
Sometimes we simply have to take time to sit back and meditate on what we believe. Meditate on how much of what we believe is really essential and what is simply tradition and/or cultural interpretation of biblical concepts. Back in the day I would have given you some very strong arguments against card playing. In some contexts it may not be the best course of action, but there is nothing inherently sinful about the cards or the games.
- Musical styles in worship
- Minister wearing a suit, tie, or jeans
- Sunday night services
- Use of video in worship
- And so on…..
All of them are simply manifestations of current thought and tradition. I grew up seeing the preacher always in a white shirt and tie. We have moved to jeans and sport shirts. Different dress — same gospel message.
And that is the main thing. I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Quite possibly you need a Defrag Day. We all do from time to time. We all need to get back to the essential nature of the gospel from time to time.
Christ and the impact of his crucifixion and resurrection — that is what is essential.