Are You Limping?”
21And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
1 Kings 18:21
While remembering last Sunday’s message about trying to be a friend of the world and a friend of God at the same time I came across Elijah’s challenge. “Make up your mind once and for all and go in that direction.” The dramatic demonstration of Lord’s power over Baal on the sacrificial altar at Mt. Carmel soon convinced the people who the true God was.
When we vacillate between two different convictions we feel torn apart, because we are. We walk with a “limp”, not at the full strength that comes with whole-hearted dedication. That affects our marriages, families, any team we are part of, and especially our walk with the Lord. There will be issues about which we are undecided and do struggle with as we see both sides. But whether the Lord is the true God or not should not be one of them. If God is the Creator, Preserver, Judge, Lord, Savior, and Truth, then why do we, as God’s people, still divide our allegiance and affection between Him and anything else?
For this daily challenge of living a life of conviction our Lord sustains us with his forgiveness and Spirit. The word “limp” here shares the same root as Pasach, or Passover. Let that remind us that though we do limp, because of the blood of His Passover Lamb, God forgives us. To aid our walk, He strengthens us when we regularly receive the Passover meal of bread and wine. Not only is this the means to keep us from limping, it is also the motive not to limp. In Christ our Passover Lamb God gave us a dramatic demonstration of His love on the sacrificial altar at Mt. Calvary. Why would we not want to follow Him with full conviction? Why limp along, when we can walk steadfast and strong?
Pastor Tom Konz