I know a person who is NEVER wrong. This person does everything perfectly and will be sure to let me know when I have messed up. Over the years, I have been on the “corrective side” of some learning moments, and, in many cases, I have learned some new ways. Here is the problem, this person does not want to be reprimanded or given any advice. You see the tried-and-true ways are proven to work flawlessly – until they don’t. There have been a couple opportunities to apply constructive input, but the concept has always been met with “that’s nice but we will do it this way.” I have given up trying to help as I feel rather stupid when I try to assist.
I have learned something by this. There was a young lad who thought he knew it all but when he made a mistake, he would ask me how I would fix it or do it differently or he would ask my opinion on a new idea and, in the end, we both learned and grew. Now you must understand, this all happened many, many years ago and I am certain this guy is still doing it the same as always but the young lad I was working with is a very successful contractor.
This has happened in the past and I am afraid it still happens today in the faith community. There are those who are steadfast in their ways to the point of harm to self, but Jesus told the Pharisee that they may not know everything, and in fact, they were very wrong about the Messiah, the one they were trying to not only challenge but also destroy.
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:31-32 NLT
If they were able to understand the message He was giving them, they would have realized that it was their own preferences not being in harmony with Christ’s Word that was making them sick. They did not realize that they were trying to cut down the tree of life and would not cease because they were right, and the Master was completely wrong. While they thought themselves righteous, they were actually sinning against the Creator. Here is the hope, the hope for all.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:23-24 NLT
I do not hold any ill-will towards the person who is always right but instead pray that God’s wisdom and grace take root within them, and they come to realize that He has set them free. Pride is a terrible master; our Saviour is far greater though – praise God for that blessing.
This week we welcome Pastor Eryn Austin-Bergen and celebrate with her as she receives her local minister’s license. Our service is at 10:30 AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.
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