12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Pass me real solid spiritual food, not milk! People who lack spirituality are on a diet of baby milk Paul declares.
On last weekend our president, Elder Sam Green, preached an epic sermon entitled, “Pass Me A Brick”. The central message of the sermon discourse challenged the assembly at the encampment and beyond to become involved by doing something positive rather than standing off fighting each other. I heard from our leader the admonishment to “stop doing nothing” as a means to bring failure. As his first sermon as a president I thought he nailed it with good straight forward, Seventh-day Adventist bible centered preaching. His sincerity captivated the pavilion audience in ways I have never seen from a president since I have been in the SWRC. He didn’t have to “hoop” because his message came from his heart—and people responded.
THE NEED TO BECOME SPIRITUAL
It is true that we need to be united instead of divided if we are going to win the battle against the one who really seeks to tear us down. The question that confronts many of us…we can find the answer in a pile of pieces of the puzzle, called “spirituality”. Today’s constituents, more than any moment in our conference’s history, are faced with the challenge of becoming spiritual. Think about what I am advocating. If people were more spiritual we would seek to become a more unified organization climbing vigorously up the mountain of salvation.
Observation of congregants in parishes throughout the territory reveals in many ways a problem of a steady abandonment of God’s messages of love and hope. Today, there exists more pointing fingers rather than putting our hands to the many pallets of bricks of soul winning, promoting love, relieving suffering and overcoming our failures. This is a perplexing concern of mine. Why are many members and ministers so unloving and seem to be on the opposite end of real spirituality? Here lies one of the reasons.
On the phone during a conversation with my mother I talked about a sermon that I preached that really challenged the members. I have to admit that it was a sermon of fire and brimstone. Oh how I thought I had preached a good sermon that “burned into the soul of some of my members.” I even said to my mother, “Look at the preacher shout” as she laughed. After I finished preaching to a proud mother, I found myself speechless when she asked, “Son, where is the love in the sermon? People don’t want to burn, they want to live. They need love son, love.” My mother gave me good and sound counsel—and I took it. She reminded me of a passage of scripture that says:
“For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another…”–1 John 3:11
STREAMS OF HOPE
What we need in our sermons and bible studies are “streams of hope” as we move people with love toward a life of “being” spiritual. I have searched and found that the only way that this can become possible is through a living presence of Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Yes, becoming spiritual results through a connection with the Holy Spirit and the ongoing process of regeneration. A person can go to their death when they are consumed with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Instead of “rock throwing” which is human nature through sin, we should enter into a life of regeneration where “brick passing” replaces “rock throwing. This can only become evident when you become born again and take on the nature of Christ. A person who is justified on a daily basis cannot be the same indifferent person he or she was before they accepted Christ. Bent Knees turns people into spiritual tower houses.
We need to stop the diet of baby milk and start a diet of real food symbolizing movement in our spirituality.
Have a happy and spiritually filled Sabbath