This chart was prepared by Donnie S. Barnes of biblecharts.org.
(Author Neal Pollard has been a guest preacher for the church at 26th and Connecticut.
He is currently the preaching minister at the Bear Valley congregation in Denver, Colorado.
This short devotional is from his Preacherpollard's Blog.)
I heard about the guy last week who tried to choke his neighbor’s lawn service worker for failing to weed the neighbor’s flower bed. The worker explained he had been hired to cut and trim the grass, but not the beds. This apparently unsatisfactory answer led to the “choker” leaving visible marks on his victim and ultimately being charged with a count of felony battery. The irate neighbor was convinced that the lack of weeding was causing him to now be fighting weeds in his own lawn. The attacking neighbor tried to pull the victim off his riding mower and grabbed him by the neck.
If these are all the facts, what an extreme case of mixed up priorities. Hurting another person over how unkempt or manicured his or their lawn is? It seems unthinkable. But many of us know “that” neighbor. Some of us may wrestle with being “that” neighbor. If we could step back, we might see how silly excessive obsession with such things is.
In speaking about worry, Jesus reminds us that the grass of the field is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace (Mat. 6:30). Peter adds that the grass withers (1 Pe. 1:24). James similarly speaks of withering, fading, and expiring grass (1:10ff). These men said this to make a spiritual point about worrying, the Word, and wisdom, but the fact remains that grass is numbered among those things that will be burned up at the end of the world (2 Pe. 3:10). Yet, the souls of men will continue somewhere everlastingly (cf. Mat. 25:46).
Are we spending too much time grappling over grass, fretting over finances, or wrapped up in the world? Are we giving the best part of ourselves for that which in the end matters least? Jesus said, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life…” (John 6:27). Maybe it’s not food or grass for you. Whatever earthly thing it may be, put it in its proper place. And put Him in His proper place (cf. Mat. 6:33).
One of the required components of our third grade memory program
is the love chapter (1 Corinthians 13).
If I speak with the tongues of man and of the angels, but do not have to love, I have become a noisy gone were clanging cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, the profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now we see in the mirror dimly, but then face to face; I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.
But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
It was a full house at the preacher's house, last week, for a devotional and fellowship.