Sermons or a book

A lot of times I start to blog and by the time I get done, it’s so long I don’t know if anyone would read it.  It turns into a sermon or a chapter of a book.  Lately I wonder if God’s having me write a book.  I don’t mean that as a metaphor, I mean a real book.  There’s no doubt I could compile and expound on what I’ve written over the last year or so and come up with a book.  David Platt wrote much of the book Radical based on sermons he gave.  Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter both write books based off of sermon series.

I think of 1 John 3:2 – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  In my experience we rarely know when we start out how things will end up.  When I started doing “messages” (because I refused to call them sermons) at Sistersville First United Methodist Church on Sunday evenings in front of 20 people, I never saw leading a congregation.  Had God revealed then where I would be today, I would have never spoken that first time because I would have known He was crazy.

It reminds me of a part of the book The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus.  He talks about animals and what they’re called as a group: school of fish, herd of cattle, flock of seagulls, pride of lions, etc.  He explains that groups of rhinos are call a crash.  They probably got that name because they can run at 30 miles per hour, but can only see 30 feet in front of them.  They have no idea what lies at 31 feet.  McManus does not go on to do the math, but because I love math I figured it out.  At 30 mph, they would travel a little over 42 feet in 1 second.  If a rhino is running at full speed, they would have no idea what’s literally 1 second ahead of them.  They know whatever it is, it’s probably no match for their 3,000-4,000 pounds and their horn.

What we shall be has not been revealed, but not to worry.  God knows.  If God told us, we wouldn’t believe it.  The plans God has for you, he will reveal on a need-to-know basis.  If He told you the whole plan now, you wouldn’t have the faith of a rhino.  You wouldn’t begin.

Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.  I may have just written part of another chapter.

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