“Never hang your hat on another person’s nail.”
My friend made this statement as we were discussing Biblical truth. Initially, I struggled to understand exactly what he was referring to as I thought of the utility room in the home where I was raised. There on the wall were multiple dowel rods protruding from the hat and coat rack Daddy had made to accommodate everyone. I didn’t build it, but I did use it daily. Mine were the hats with the largest circumference.
My friend explained that he was not talking about hats. He was talking about convictions. His explanation of his Southeastern Oklahoma parable aided me in my understanding, just like Jesus’ explanations of His parables helped the apostles understand. Most of us are slow learners. Illustrations that shed light on truth sometimes need a bit of clarification. Especially if you were raised on the opposite side of the state.
The apostle Paul uses this principle in Romans 14 while expounding on debatable issues like diet and special days. Today, many would refer to these as “wisdom issues.” These are things that are not specifically forbidden or affirmed in Scripture that genuine Christians disagree about.
“Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” (verse 5)
Never hang your hat on another person’s nail. Just because another genuine believer believes in and practices sober-minded drinking of alcohol is no reason for you to follow suite if you are not fully convinced that by God that it is okay to do so. The same could be said for activities on Sunday and watching certain kinds of movies. Wherever you land on debatable issues needs to be your decision as you are led by the Spirit of God. Do not merely imitate the behavior of others. Remain fully convinced in your own mind of the actions that you take.
We must remain aware that our actions affect others. Pride puffs up, but love builds up. I am aware of certain things that are not “forbidden” in scripture that cause great harm to many. I opt not to participate because, as a follower of Jesus, life is not about me. We are to do all that we do for the glory of God. If we cannot do what we do for the glory of God, we shouldn’t be doing it. We should hang our hat on God’s nail.
I love you, Earl
- Sunday’s Sermon – “Hearing The News” II Samuel 12:15-23
- LifeGroup Attendance on March 1 – 712
- Daylight Saving Time Begins on Sunday, March 8. Be sure and turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday evening.
- GriefShare this Sunday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- MEN OF GOD Prayer Breakfast is this Monday morning, March 9 at 6:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Women on Mission this Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Frito Chili Pie