Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 60-62
Key verses: Psalm 62:1
In the course of my ministry, now spanning over thirty years, I have known of two, great “mega-churches” that each called themselves “The Rock.”
They were impressive – as institutions at least.
They both, at one point in their history had
- Tens of thousands attending worship there regularly
- Large community outreach programs
- Spectacular holiday events
- State of the art nurseries and children’s programs
- Athletic arenas
- Popular, charismatic leaders
They also found themselves on the front pages of the newspapers in their towns and on the evening newscasts of their local TV stations. Why?
All because their pastors became embroiled in some very distasteful things, disgracing themselves and doing a lot of harm in the process.
It happens. And we shouldn’t be all that surprised. Pastors are human – with all too human failings.
But what is worth noting is that both churches went by the name “The Rock.”
Nothing wrong with that – it’s a catchy title.
But I can’t help but wonder if they, or at least their fallen leaders, forgot who “the Rock” is:
Jesus Christ, Lord of Lord, King of Kings, Savior, Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
We celebrate His birth, officially, only once each year. And it seems more and more people want to do away with even that one celebration. He’s the Rock. He’s the One on whom you can count. He’s the light and hope of the world.
Believe me; no mere pastor can hold a candle to Him – except in awe.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep me humble, and guide me in my service to you, always. AMEN.