“AS SUBTLE AS A SLEDGEHAMMER!” Sunday Sermonette

“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.  1Corinthians 1:13-15 NIV

 

 Read:   1Corinthians 1:10-31

 

Have you ever known someone who was very direct, who was as subtle as a sledgehammer?   You probably would not describe a sledgehammer to your face or any contact with any part of your body as very subtle.

 

There are times when we need that sledgehammer of truth.  There are times when a shadowy offering of information just does not convey the message.

 

Paul was a sledgehammer of truth.    While known as Saul, he slaughtered Christians.   Saul was a hater of Christians, a vile and angry man.   Then JESUS called him into the family of believers, but not patiently.   JESUS blinded Saul and took him to his knees in order to get Saul’s attention.

 

Saul found JESUS and accepted the name of Paul as JESUS instructed.  Then, Paul carried the sledgehammer of truth, the Gospel of JESUS.    When he preached, he preached the truth.   When the churches were being established he spoke of the wonderful grace of JESUS.  But, when they turned and did not listen he told them again message of JESUS CHRIST with the strength of a sledgehammer.

 

Can you, when needed, tell others of the wonderful world of JESUS,
your SAVIOUR, the SON OF GOD with the strength of a sledgehammer?

 

Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, MY SAVIOUR, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR strength to live by and to tell others of YOUR love and of YOUR salvation story….and when necessary to stand with the sledgehammer of truth.  Amen.”