Sunday, May 19, 2013


WHEN DOES A PERSON HAVE TOO MUCH WHINE? It usually happens when they are no longer in control of their life situation. Tell a child they can’t have that tempting candy bar at the check-out line and the whine begins to tumble out. Tell a teen-ager they have to be in by 10:00pm and the whine begins to flow. Tell the one with the TV remote that it’s time to hand it off to someone else and the whine dribbles across the floor. We have all experienced the effects of too much whine, and most likely have been under its inebriating power ourselves.

Sadly, the effects of too much whine can cause havoc among God’s people as well. The whine usually comes as a result of who is going to be in control in our lives. The whine deepens the further we go in our struggle of pitting our will against God’s. The whine which ensues can have far-reaching effects, not only in our relationship with God, but in our relationship with other members of God’s family.

The struggle of wills between God and us often can stem from fear, fear that God is going to do something, or require something that we do not feel capable or desirous of doing. I suppose this is one reason Jesus did not go into detail in describing what the coming of the Holy Spirit would require of the disciples. I can be pretty sure there would have been those who would have gone to whining about what was coming and how they were not ready or able to handle such an event.

Yet, when the Holy Spirit did arrive with the rushing sound of a mighty wind, with tongues of fire and with the loosing of the tongues of the disciples to utter declarations of praise about God, the only whining came from those who could not, or maybe would not, receive the miraculous event as a gift from God. To those unwilling to see and hear the power-filled event this was nothing more than a bunch of babbling Galileans. But, to those who cared
enough to stay and listen what they heard was the proclamation of the good news of redemption through the death and resurrection of God’s Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

What about us, here 2000 years later? Are we willing to submit to the command of the Lord, to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples? Do we whine and say we are not ready, we are not capable, or do we humbly receive the Gift given and respond with the words of the Prophet, “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

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