noun, plural a·nal·o·gies.
1. a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based…
Click the title of each item to read at the original blogs.
First from Ralph Howe,
The Sea in the Ship
God tells us that we are in the world but not of it; that we are different – very different from the world. He states clearly that to be a friend of the ways of the world instantly makes us enemies of His (1 John). He is clear that we are in the world to influence it and to rescue as many as we can from the world so that they become part of His Kingdom. Thus, He states clearly that we are His ambassadors in the world (2 Corinthians 5). I believe we have a problem in the Church today – there is too much of the world and the ways of the world. We rely on the ways and wisdom of man instead of the power of God.
A simple illustration provides a deeper understanding of the problem. A ship in the sea is alright. The sea in the ship is all wrong. In the same way, the Church in the world is all right; the world in the Church is all wrong. If there is too much of the sea in the ship it will sink. I believe the ship of today’s Church is so near sinking that every individual who becomes a believer and accepts Christianity is set to bailing water with everyone else to keep the Church afloat – thus, no one is focused on winning the lost and building new boats to sail the seas and rescue those who are drowning.
Many of us come to church with needs. If we focus merely on our needs, we will never come to the end of them; rather, we will live with them forever. Something must release us from a myopic focus on our own needs, drawing us beyond the realm of “I need, I want, help me, pray for me, bless me.” As long as we dwell on such things.we remain enslaved by them. We need to press past a self-centered focus to acquire the wisdom of God and begin to see things from His perspective.
His perspective is that people matter to Him and that no cost is too great to keep them from going to Hell for all eternity. In fact, this is so important that He sent His Son to die for them so that there would be a way for them to enter into a relationship with Him and spend eternity with Him after they die. And, this is so important to Him that He then commissioned and empowered His people to go out and win the lost as well. However, with water in the boat we are not sea-worthy and so have lost the ability to do what the Church (the boat) was originally designed to do.
It is time to make some serious changes.
Second, from Cloudwatcher:
An old man and his grandson happily fed some doves on the window sill of his home. After feeding they flew and perched on a cable outside the window.
The grandfather told the boy, “You see that cable? It carries a heavy current of electricity. It is carefully insulated at every pole and is beyond the reach of humans. If I could reach out far enough to touch that wire, death would be as swift as a lightning strike.”
“You helped me to feed those doves on my window sill. Now you see them perched on that wire which would kill me instantly if I touched it, but they are safe and contented. How are they able to do that? Why doesn’t the cable kill them?”
He went on to explain to his grandson that when the doves touch that wire, THEY TOUCH NOTHING ELSE. If he could reach out far enough to touch the wire, he would still be touching the house and the house would act as an earth (U.S.=”ground”) and turn his body into a channel through which the electricity would flow with fatal results.
BECAUSE THE DOVES TOUCH NOTHING BUT THE WIRE, THEY ARE UNHARMED
What does that say to the Christian?
God would have us seek our safety in complete surrender to Him and His will.
We need to LET GO of EVERYTHING else and trust ONLY in the living God
It is when we reach ONE hand to Him while still holding on to some earthly pleasure with the OTHER hand that we are in danger of being ensnared and trapped by that thing.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
Let your requests be made known UNTO GOD
Let us trust Thee evermore;
Every moment on Thee call
For new life, new will, new power;
Let us trust Thee, Lord for ALL.
May we NOTHING know beside
Jesus and Him crucified!
~ Joseph Hart