Power in Weakness Series – Part 7 (Final)

Jesus – The Perfect Plumber!
Preached by Chris Adams, April 30, 2008

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Like the song says: Jesus, He Will Fix It!

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Plumbing problems are amongst the most deceptive, especially to the inexperienced home-owner. Those who have “lived through” a nasty pipe-busting or two will tell you that a plumbing problem, regardless of how small the leak, rarely gets better left un-addressed.

In the same way, we get deceived into thinking our spiritual problems will somehow evaporate without the courageous work of openness, admitting where we’re at (read humility!) and repentance. A plumber recently suggested Kerri-Sue and I rip off the walls of our upstairs bathroom to reveal the true nature and depth of our plumbing “issue.” The beautifully painted walls were hiding the real needs! Unsympathetically but gently, he told us that previous home-owners had taken some serious short-cuts when installing the plumbing, and that worse problems would surely ensue!

James 1:22-26 says:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Let’s keep Jesus’ standard for our relationships, as we imitate Paul’s heart to help his brothers and sisters deal with the real spiritual issues in their lives!

“We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection.” (2 Corinthians 13:9, emphasis added)

Sermon notes coming soon.